A six-member delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Research Centre for Frontier Archaeology attended the ‘2008 Frontier Ethnic Archaeology and Ethno-Archaeology Forum’ in Changchun, Jilin Province, which was held on August 28th, 2008. The forum was jointly organised by the Research Centre for Frontier Archaeology (CASS), Jilin University’s Centre of Frontier Archaeology, and the Sun Yat-Sen University’s Department of Anthropology. The topics for discussion at this year’s forum were the latest archaeological findings and research conducted at sites in Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Northeast China.
Opening speeches were delivered by Professor Zhu Hong, Director of the Centre of Frontier Archaeology at Jilin University, and Professor Wang Renxiang, Director of the Research Centre for Frontier Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Archaeology. Scholars from CASS, Jilin Universty and Sun Yat-Sen University then proceeded to deliver a series of fascinating presentations on the topics under discussion and engaged in lively debate before Professor Wang Renxiang brought the 2008 Forum to an end with a few closing remarks. The forum allowed scholars from the various institutes to share their expertise and has done much to promote the study of frontier archaeology in China.
On August 29th and 30th, the six members of the delegation from the Research Centre for Frontier Archaeology proceeded to Ji’an (Jilin Province) and visited several World Heritage Sites, including the Koguryo ruins of Wandu Mountain City, the Stele of King Haotai and the General’s Tomb. This gave the team an opportunity to talk with those involved with the protection and conservation of the sites as well as give them with a richer knowledge of the archaeological sites of China’s north-eastern provinces and Koguryo cultural heritage.
Translated by Kelly McGuire