China Cultural, Archaeological News in Brief: Susan Boyle's Shanghai trip, human sacrificial site, dinosaur footprints

17:00, July 08, 2011      

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The following are several Chinese cultural and archaeological news items in brief.

SUSAN BOYLE TO MAKE SHANGHAI DEBUT

Scottish singer Susan Boyle will be in Shanghai on Sunday to attend China's Got Talent, the Chinese version of the British talent show Britain's Got Talent (BGT) in which she impressed the world with her powerful voice.

The BGT star, who triggered global interest by the contrast between her beautiful voice and plain appearance, will perform on Sunday with contestants of the Chinese show on Dragon TV.

Boyle's auto-biography, The Woman I Was Born to Be, will be published in Chinese, sources with the Shanghai Translation Publishing House confirmed.

SKELETONS FOUND UNDER OLD WELL BELIEVED TO BE SLAVES

Archaeologists in north China's Hebei Province said Friday that the skeletons found under the ruins of a 4,000-year-old well may belong to slaves sacrificed after the death of their masters.

Five layers of human skeletons were found under the ruins of the ancient well, with some of them show signs of struggle before death, said Qiao Dengyun, head of the cultural relics protection bureau in the city of Handan, where the relics were discovered.

"It seems that some even had their head chopped off," Qiao said.

Archaeologists believe the remains belong to slaves who were killed or buried alive with their dead masters, which, according to historical records, was practiced in China thousands of years ago.

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS FOUND IN E CHINA

Chinese paleontologists said Friday that they have found dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints in a geopark in Anhui Province.

The newly-discovered footprints could date back to the Cretaceous period at least 145 million years ago, which paleontologists believe would help understand how dinosaurs lived and the climate back then.

It is not the first time scientists have discovered fossilized footprints of the prehistoric animals in the Qi Yunshan National Geopark as 36 dinosaur footprints have been discovered there since the 1990s.

The geopark is famous for the unique Chinese Danxia landform, which is characterized by steep cliffs formed from red-colored sandstone.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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