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Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries in China 2009 Unveiled in Suzhou
From:Chinese Archaeology  Writer:  Date:2010-06-18


      On June 11th, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage Tong Mingkang announced the results of the selection process for the top ten archaeological discoveries in China during 2009 in Suzhou, which is the host city for the 2010 China Cultural Heritage Day. The results are:


Lijiagou Site showing the transition from the Paleolithic to Neolithic periods, at Xinmi county Henan province.
Excavated by: School of Archaeology and Museology at Beijing University, Zhengzhou Municipal Institute of Cultural  Relics and Archaeology 
Excavation team leader: Wang Youping
  
City remains of Dawenkou culture at Gaixia, Guzhen in Anhui province
Excavated by: Anhui Provincal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology 
Excavation team leader: Jia Qingyuan
  
Neolithic site at Dongshancun, Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu province
Excavated by: Nanjing Museum, Zhangjiagang municipal bureau of culture and radio/TV, Zhangjiagang Museum
Excavation team leader: Zhou Runken
 
The Lower Xiajiadian culture settlement site at Erdaojingzi in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia
Excavated by: Inner Mongolia Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Excavation team leader: Cao Jian'en

The Chengzhuangcun city site of the Western Zhou in Gaoqing, Shandong province
Excavated by: Shandong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Excavation team leader: Zheng Tongxiu
 
Straight road site of the Qin dynasty in Fu County, Shaanxi province
Excavated by: Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Research Institute
Excavation team leader: Zhang Zaiming
   
Archaeological investigation and excavation of the Western Han imperial mausoleum in Shaanxi province
Excavated by: Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Research Institute
Excavation team leader: Jiao Nanfeng
  
Cao Cao's tomb at Xigaoxue village, Anyang, in Henan province
Excavated by: Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Excavation team leader: Pan Weibin
   
Ding kiln site at Jianci village in Quyang, Hebei province
Excavated by: Hebei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics, School of Archaeology and Museology at Beijing University,  
Quyang county Ding kiln site Cultural Relics Administration
Excavation team leader: Qin Dashu

Remains of the paper-making workshop at Hualin, Gao'an in Jiangxi province
Excavated by: Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
Excavation team leader: Xiao Fabiao

    2009 was another excellent year for archaeological discoveries in China, and all the projects that were involved in the final selection were outstanding in their own way. Yet taken as a whole, they fully reflect the distinguishing features and achievements of Chinese archaeological work in recent years. The important work on infrastructure archaeology has seen great success time and again; stronger planning on large sites archaeology and awareness of research projects have brought about fantastic results; and a number of well-prepared prospective archaeological excavation projects have achieved important academic breakthroughs, and have been followed with interest. The fantastic results, careful preparations, and the variety of methods of presentation all combined with greater clarity and user-friendliness in the reports, helping make the event an outstanding academic occasion for all involved.
    The annual selection process for the top ten archaeological discoveries in China has this year reached its 20th year. Since its inclusion into the government award-giving system last year, the annual top ten archaeological discoveries selection event unfolded smoothly, upholding as ever the principles of being scientific, fair, just and open. In his opening speech, deputy director Tong Mingkang affirmed the contributions made by the top ten national archaeological discoveries selection event over the past twenty years.
   This year's selection event was held for the first time on the eve of China Cultural Heritage Day. The event was included in the publicity surrounding the heritage day in order to help bring these archaeological discoveries closer to the people, to make them of greater benefit to the people, and for them to become an important part of the spiritual and cultural needs of the people. Via the selection of the top ten discoveries, as well as the display and publicising of the archaeological achievements, the public can be led to correctly understand the nature of and processes involved in archaeological work, increasing their knowledge of the importance of cultural heritage protection and helping them become consciously aware of their role in such work; thus creating a favourable environment for the whole of society to protect its cultural heritage.  (Translated by Duncan Poupard)
  

 

 
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