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Ancient ruins of salt-making from Shang and Zhou Dynasties found in Shouguang
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15:22, December 15, 2008

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Recently, archeologists from the China Academy of Social Sciences and School of Archaeology and Museology from Peking University and Shandong Province visited and inspected archeological sites of salt-making at the Shuangwangcheng reservoir in Shouguang, Shandong Province. All the experts agree that the relics can be dated back to the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, and preliminarily examinations conclude that these are important ancient ruins connected to the salt industry.

With over 80 sites covering 30 square kilometers the discovery of such densely distributed ancient ruins connected to salt-making is the first of its kind in China's archaeological history.

The ancient ruins found in this archaeological exploration are relatively intact and the cultural relics unearthed have been mainly helmet-shaped potteries, with most of them belonging to the Shang and Zhou Dynasties.

The excavation has provided important information for the study of the ancient salt industry and ancient social life.

By People's Daily Online

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