Excavation of Tombs of the Eastern Zhou in Tiyuchang Road, Luoyang
【Author】 Luoyang Municipal Archaeological Team
【Abstract】 In September of 2001,three tombs of the Eastern Zhou were found on the east side of Tiyuchang Road, Luoyang City. Two of them(C1M10122,C1M10123)were excavated. The tomb C1M10122 is in the shape of a Chinese character ya(亚)with four tomb passages. Such a tomb structure of the Zhou period has never found before. The tomb structure, the unearthed objects, and the inscriptions on the bronzes suggest that the tomb must belong to King Ping of Zhou. The tomb C1M10123 is in the shape of a Chinese character zhong(中)with two tomb passages, which is the only tomb with such a structure ever found in Luoyang. Based on a comparison with similar tombs in the graveyard of the Marquises of Jin,C1M10123 and the unexcavated tomb, which is also in the shape of the character zhong, must belong to the wives of King Ping of Zhou.
2007 Survey and Excavation of the Ship Nan’ao No.1 of the Ming Dynasty
【Author】 Guangdong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
【Abstract】 The ancient merchant ship known as Nan’ao No.1 sank in the Sandianjin waters off Yun’ao Town, Nan’ao County, Shantou City, Guangdong Province. From June to July in 2007, archaeologists performed survey and excavation on it. The unearthed objects include porcelain, pottery, iron objects, objects of copper and bronze, and so on. The overwhelming number of objects is porcelain. Judging by the structure, body, glaze, and technology of the excavated porcelain, the date of the ship is likely the Wanli reign of the Ming Dynasty. This excavation is of great value for the study of overseas trade of the middle and late Ming Dynasty, and provides important materials for the study of exported porcelain.
Reconsidering the Shixia Culture
【Author】 Li Yan
【Abstract】 The Shixia Culture is one of the most important archaeological cultures for studying the development of civilization in the Lingnan area. In this article, the author presents some new opinions about its distribution, chronology, and communication. First, by tracing the ring-footed jars unearthed from tombs of the third stage of the Shixia Culture, the author suggests that the area of the Shixia Culture extended from the Xunjiang River valley of Guangxi in the west, to the southwest part of Jiangxi area in the east, to the Zengcheng area of Guangdong in the southeast, and extending northward as far as Nanling but not so far as Beiling. Its central area is from Fengkai to Qujiang in Guangdong. Next, judging by the changes in the ring-footed jars and tripod vessels, the latest remains of the Shixia Culture appear to be later in date than previously known tombs which had been ascribed to its third stage. Finally, based on material evidence of cultural distribution and exchanges, the Shixia Culture was gradually replaced by the Hutoupu Culture in the Guangdong area.