February 9, 2006:

[achtung! kunst] *archaeology* : 2,800-year-old treasures brought to light

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2,800-year-old treasures brought to light

Great archaeological progress has been made in the excavation of the large-scale ruins and the tombs of noble lords of the Zhou Dynasty (771-221 BC) in Liangdai Village of Hancheng, Shaanxi Province as learned from the Shaanxi Research Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology on Sunday in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, reports the overseas edition of People's Daily on December 19.

Great quantities of various treasures with a history of more than 2,800 years have been discovered through the initial excavation of the three large graves and one chariot and horse pit. They include 30 bronze ritual articles, more than 600 articles of bronze fishes, chariots and horse tools, rare and precious gold wares, and lacquer wares. Besides, there are more than 6,000 agate and clay beads and more than 1,300 seashells. It is more surprising that great quantities of cultural relics will be discovered with the continuation of the archeological excavation.

Experts believe that the several noble graves of the Zhou Dynasty are another discovery of those that have not been robbed. The discovery is of great significance to the researches on the politics, economics, burials and ritual system in the Zhou Dynasty.

By People's Daily Online





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Matthias Arnold (Art-Eastasia list)



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