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CASS Announces China's Top-6 Archaeological Discoveries of 2009

http://www.chinese.cn 08:20, January 19, 2010 People's Daily Online

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The Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) held the annual Archaeology Forum January, and announced the top-6 archaeological discoveries in 2009 from the point of view of great academic value.

The 6 archaeological discoveries are all rescue excavations as well as discoveries of large ancient ruins. The discovery of Cao Cao's tomb in Xigaoxue Village of Anyang County, Henan province, which received widespread attention, is among the 6 discoveries.

The 6 archaeological discoveries are: The Neolithic Ruins at Dongshan Village in Zhangjiagang which allows us to better understand prehistoric culture in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River; the Lower Xiajiadian site of an ancient civilization in the village of Erdaojingzi, Chifeng in Inner Mongolia which is an important example of Chinese settlement patterns in ancient times; the ruins of the Western Zhou Dynasty in Chenzhuang Village of Gaoqing County, Shandong province which was the first time that inscriptions of the Duke of Qi was discovered in Shandong province; the tomb in Xigaoxue Village of Anyang County, Henan province, which has been confirmed as the tomb of Cao Cao; the burial grounds of the Lu Family from the Northern Song Dynasty at Wulitou Village in Lantian County, Shaanxi province, which is the largest and most complete family burial ground from the Northern Song Dynasty at present; and the ancient paper-making workshops from the Song and Ming dynasties in Hualin in the city of Gao'an, Jiangxi province which shows the process of how bamboo paper was made in ancient times.

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