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Wenwu 2012-1
From:Chinese Archaeology  Writer:  Date:2012-12-18

Four Tombs of the Tang Dynasty in Buyao Village,Lincheng,Hebei
School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University Hebei Provincial Department of Cultural Heritage
Xingtai Municipal Office for the Preservation of Cultural Relics
The Buyao Village Site is located southeast of Buyao Village in Lincheng County,Hebei Province. From July of 2007 to January of 2008,a relatively large-scale excavation was carried out at the site by the Peking University School of Archaeology and Museology. A large number of cultural relics were found,including remains of the late Yangshao culture,the Pre -Shang period,the middle and late Shang dynasty,and the Han through Tang dynasties. This report introduces 4 important tombs of the Tang dynasty. The unearthed objects include glazed and unglazed pottery,porcelain,bronze,and ob-jects of bone. These tombs provide valuable material data for the study of tomb structure,burial objects,and the customs and systems of burial during the Tang dynasty in the Xingtai area.

Excavation Report on the Houdige Site in Nangong City, Hebei
Hebei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics     Xingtai Municipal Office for the Preservation of Cultural Relics  Nangong Municipal Office for the Preservation of Cultural Relics
In the year 2006,a collaborative archaeological team surveyed and excavated the Houdige Site, located 29 km southeast of Nangong City,Hebei Province. 20 varying types of remains were discovered,including ash-pits,storage-pits,and so on. 283 stone or pottery Buddhist figures and fragments of figures were unearthed. Among them,there are a large number of white marble figures of especially fine quality. Judging by the date and placename inscriptions on the figures,there was once an impor- tant relationship between the Houdige Site and the former county of Wucheng,which moved location frequently during the Northern Dynasties,Sui,and Tang. This excavation is of great value for study of the changing style of Buddhist figures and the transmission of Buddhism in this area.

Western Zhou Archaeology in Xingtai and the Western Zhou State of Xing
Zhang Weilian et al.
The Xing State is one of the important kingdoms of the early Zhou dynasty. In the year 1991, the Nanxiaowang Site was discovered and inscriptions on oracle bones unearthed there,which raised the curtain on the study of the Western Zhou culture in the Xingtai area. By analyzing the periodization and distribution of the Western Zhou remains in Xingtai, the inscriptions on oracle bones,the oracle bone pits,and the history of the Xing State,the authors have divided the Western Zhou remains into early,middle,and late stages. They also point out that each stage has its own characteristics. In their opinion,the pottery unearthed from the oracle bone pits can be dated to the early Western Zhou,and the inscriptions on the oracle bones are related to sacrifice. The original Xing State was centered on the modern Xingtai City. The sites of Nanxiaowang and Gejiazhuang were the political center of the capital of Xing and the cemetery of the marquises of Xing respectively. The authors conclude that Xing culture has its own characteristics that distinguish it from other cultures,and that the establishment of the Xing State in the Xingtai area had important strategic significance.

 
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