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Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins


An archaeological excavation is underway at the Shimen Pagoda ruins in Chujiang town, Shimen county of Hunan province.

Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Credit: IC
So far, around 6,500 square metres have been excavated and nearly 500 sites, including pits, ditches, houses and tombs from the Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) to Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368), have been found.

Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Credit: IC
Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Credit: IC
Numerous ceramics, stone artefacts, and plant seeds from Shang, Eastern Zhou (770-256 BC), Han (206 BC-220), Jin (265-420), Song and Yuan dynasties have been unearthed, and the majority of items are from the Shang Dynasty.

Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Shang Dynasty artefacts found at Hunan ruins
Credit: IC
According to the archaeologists, the excavation will provide new evidence for the traits of the tombs and cultural landscape of the Han, Jin, Song and Yuan periods.

Source: China Daily [May 14, 2018]

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