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|Thursday, May 31, 2001, updated at 08:52(GMT+8)|
Fuxian Lake to Undertake Underwater Archaeological SurveyAn underwater archaeological survey, focusing the attention of world archaeologists, will be carried out on the bottom of Fuxian Lake, Yunnan Province. An investigation team, formed of experts from the National Museum of Chinese History, Yunnan Museum and Fujian Museum, has lately begun to make preparations for this underwater survey.
Fuxian Lake lies in Chengjiang County of Yuxi City in central Yunnan Province. At an altitude of 1,750 meters, waters with a depth of 153 meters, Fuxian is the second deepest lake in the province. An old story goes that an unknown old city of ancient "Yunnan Kingdom" had sunk deep at the bottom of the Fuxian Lake millennia years ago. A fact giving people food for thought was that a certain diver some years ago had fashioned stone slabs and wall ruins found at the bottom of the lake.
Experts say the underwater archaeological survey is to be the first one of its kind in the history of archaeological finding in China. Two sonar expert teams from the Institute of Acoustics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Harbin Engineering University, outfitted with underwater robots and other advanced equipment, will take upon themselves the task of exploring into the alleged submerged city site 70 meters under Fuxian Lake.
By PD Online staff member Huang Ying
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