Large-scale remains of Shang, Zhou dynasties found in Yibin

14:31, April 14, 2011      

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During the second-round of excavations at the Shizhudi graveyard in Yibin, the Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology and other units recently discovered large-scale remnants of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, according to the cultural sectors of Yibin, Sichuan Province on April 12.

Archaeologists launched the first round of archaeological excavations from May to August 2010 and the excavation area has reached 2,000 square meters.

The current excavations have lasted for several months. Archaeologists have explored an area of 2,000 square meters and cleared up more than 170 various sites. More than 500 various items, such as bronze ware, ironware, pottery and porcelain were unearthed from this area, including 59 various sites relating to the Shang and Zhou dynasties, such as ash pits, ash trenches, housing sites and tombs. A large number of pottery fragments were also unearthed in this area.

Related officials from the Yibin Press and Publication Bureau of Culture, Radio and Television said that the current archaeological excavations will provide important first-hand information for the research on the Qin and Han dynasties culture exchanges in southern Sichuan and the Jinshajiang River basin.

By People's Daily Online

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