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Longmen Grottoes reveal hidden relics


10:28, September 24, 2012


Excavation works are ongoing at the Longmen Grottoes, and looks like there's more for the project team to digitally collate. Hidden behind the walls for more than one thousand years, over 1,900 relics are now being brought to light by archaeologists.

The relics were excavated in Leigutai Cave, one of the many caves there. This well-maintained head of Buddha is the most valuable among all new findings.

Other discoveries include statues of Buddha, porcelain pieces, pottery and copper coins. Leigutai Cave is located in the southern area.

The excavation began in 2008, and is now drawing to a close. Ancient construction sites and stone foundations of halls from the Tang Dynasty have also been unearthed. Experts say the discoveries will be of significant help in the research of Tang Dynasty and regional transportation in ancient times.

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