February 9, 2006:

[achtung! kunst] *archaeology* : Zhou Dynasty relics unearthed in Shaanxi

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Zhou Dynasty relics unearthed in Shaanxi

By Ma Lie (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-01-04 06:03

XI'AN: Relics found in ancient burial pits last month have been hailed as among the greatest archaeological finds of 2005.

Articles unearthed from the site in Hancheng city in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province date back to the Zhou Dynasty of about 3,000 years ago.

They include more than 600 items of bronzeware, as well as rare gold items and lacquer ware, according to Shaanxi archaeological sources.

Excavation leaders said they will resume the search in February after the Spring Festival and hope to make further discoveries.

"The findings so far may help rewrite historical records," said Jiao Nanfeng, director of Shaanxi Archaeology Research Institute.

He told China Daily the finds were the most important archaeological event in Shaanxi and one of the most significant throughout the whole country in 2005.

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