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Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China


Archaeologists discovered a group of copper smelting ruins dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Credit: Zutiyu News


The archaeologists unearthed 32 ruins, including 28 furnaces and a workshop, in an excavation area of 554 square meters in Jinping Miao, Yao and Dai Autonomous County in the province.

Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Credit: Zutiyu News


Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Ancient copper smelting ruins discovered in SW China
Credit: Zutiyu News


They also found pottery fragments, stoneware and copper slag in the ruins, according to the provincial cultural relics and archaeology research institute.


The discovery is significant for the research into ancient mining and metallurgy technologies in southwest China, the institute said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [January 06, 2020]

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