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China Archaeological News in Brief: Queen's tomb, excavation of ancient tomb group, restoration of historical sites

04-02-2011 10:33 BJT

BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's cultural and archaeological news.

TOMB IN E CHINA MAY BELONG TO QUEEN OF SOUTHERN TANG: ARCHAEOLOGISTS

Archaeologists in east China's Jiangsu Province said Friday that a tomb unearthed in suburban Nanjing, the provincial capital, may have belonged to a queen of the Southern Tang Kingdom (937 AD-975 AD).

Based on the scale, structure and location of the newly-unearthed tomb, as well as a shinbone and women's headwear found in the tomb, archeologists believe it belonged to Dazhouhou, the queen of famed poet-king Lihouzhu and one of the last queens of the kingdom, according to an archaeologist from the Nanjing Museum.

The tomb was discovered last year near the imperial tombs of the kingdom's first two kings and their queens.

EXCAVATION OF ANCIENT FAMILY GRAVEYARD IN N CHINA ENDS

Archaeologists said Friday that they have finished the excavation of a 1,500-year-old graveyard which belonged to an aristocratic family during the Northern Dynasties period (386 AD - 581 AD).

The graveyard, located in the village of Xigao in Zanhuang County in north China's Hebei Province, was discovered in 2004 when construction workers were clearing ground for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, said an archaeologist from the Institute of Archaeology under Hebei's Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The tombs are believed to have belonged to a well-known family surnamed Li. Epitaphs, terracotta figurines, porcelain, bronzeware, ironware and glasswork have been unearthed from the graveyard. Archaeologists believe these discoveries will help them to better understand society as it existed during the period of the Northern Dynasties.

SW CHINA CITY POLLS PUBLIC BEFORE RESTORING HISTORICAL SITES

The city of Guiyang in southwest China's Guizhou Province has closed a public poll asking citizens to vote for their favorite historical sites in the city. The provincial capital will use the poll results to guide its efforts to renovate eight of the city's historical landmarks this year.

Thousands of residents visited the city government's website over the last two weeks to vote for their favorite historical sites and offer opinions for the restoration and management of these areas, said a spokesman from the city's cultural bureau.

Guiyang has about 1,160 historically significant sites, some of which need significant repairs, he said.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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