East Zhou dynasty site excavated in Beijing

Archaeological workers conduct an archeological excavation at the Hujiaying archaeological site in Zhangshanying Town, Yanqing County of Beijing on May 20, 2011. It is a settlement site that dates back to the East Zhou dynasty. (Photo by Luo Xiaoguang, Xinhua)

An archaeological team formed by experts from the Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage Study and Cultural Relics Office of Yanqing County has carried out a salvaging excavation on the Hujiaying archaeological site since March 11, 2011.

The Hujiaying archaeological site, uncovered at Hujiaying village, in Zhangshanying Town, Yanqing County of Beijing, contains the ruins of an ancient village, which might be where a tribe lived from the middle to late Eastern Zhou period (770 to 256 BC).

On the site are the remains of the foundations of 24 houses and 21 ash pits, where the ancient people dumped their garbage, as well as 11 kitchen stoves. There are also four ditches still being dug on the site, which has been divided into two excavation grids. Area A has 20 10-square-meter sections and area B on the northern side has six 10 square-meter grids.

A rich variety of items has been unearthed at the site, including animal bones, broken pottery utensils, bronze and iron items as well as some common stone objects, such as axes, knives, balls and peelers.

It is the largest settlement site of East Zhou Dynasty uncovered in Beijing so far.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

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