From 30th May to 5th June, Wang Wei, the director of Institute of Archaeology, CASS, in the company of Li Yuqun, the head of the Research center for Frontier Archaeology, and Cong Dexin, the director of the Scientific Research Office, went to Xinjiang and visited the Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture and the Damagou site in Cele County.
From 31st May to 2nd June, they visited the mound tombs in Wutubulage Township, Bole City and some sites in Wenquan County, including Arixiate cromlechs tomb, Turigen cromlechs tomb and stone figures, the rock arts, stone-slab-lined tombs and cromlechs site at Adunqiaolu, and the clay mound tomb remains in the area of the Sayram Lake. Afterwards they visited the antique exhibitions in Jinghe County and Wenquan County.
The Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture is located at the northwest of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, adjacent to Tacheng in the east, Yili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture in the south and the Republic of Kazakhstan in the northwest, covering an important area where used to be a paradise for ancient nomadic peoples and a cradle for steppe cultures. The wide-distributed clay mound tombs and cromlechs tombs across the prefecture are of great significance for researching the ancient cultures in the Tianshan region. The local bureaus of cultural relics showed great enthusiasm for Wang Wei’s visiting, and Ding Zan, the chief of Bortala Culture and Sport Bureau, accompanied them on the whole visit and put forward proposals for future’s cooperation.
From 3rd to 5th June, Li Yuqun, Cong Dexin and Wu Xinhua journeyed to Khotan and visited No.2 and No.3 Temple at the Damagou site, where excavations were being conducted by the Xinjiang Team, IA CASS. (Translated by Tong Tao)