The Chinese Porcelains unearthed at Gedi Ruins in Coast Province,Kenya
Liu Yan,Qin Dashu and Herman Kiriama
Abstract:In December 2010 through January 2011,the archaeologists of Peking University examined the Chinese porcelains unearthed in the 21 ancient sites and seven other units in Coast Province of Kenya formally archaeologically investigated and excavated in the past.580 Chinese porcelain wares unearthed at Gedi Ruins which is located about 15 km to the southwest of Malindi City on the east coast of Kenya have been examined; they are dated into the Southern Song Dynasty,the Southern Song through the Yuan Dynasties,the Yuan Dynasty,the end of the Yuan through the beginning of the Ming Dynasties,the early,middle and late Ming Dynasty， and their producing places were also analyzed. The Chinese porcelains unearthed at the Gedi Ruins are significantly meaningful for understanding the position and situation of the East Africa in the circum-Indian Ocean trade system in ancient times.
The Excavation of the Celadon Kiln of the Tang Dynasty at Longxia in Yongjia County，Zhejiang
Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology Wenzhou Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics Conservation and Archaeology Cultural Center of Yongjia County
Abstract:In December 2005 through January 2006,Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology,Wenzhou Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics Conservation and Archaeology and Cultural Center of Yongjia County made cooperative rescue excavation to the Longxia kiln site in Yongjia County.The kiln site was located on the hillside to the north of Longxia Village in Oubei Town,Yongjia County,Wenzhou City; this excavation uncovered areas of about 100 sqm,from which one kiln was recovered and large amounts of celadon shards were unearthed,the original categories of which were pots,bowls,teacups,jars,plates,basins,cosmetic cases,dishes,grinding rollers,washers,palm bowls,lamps,etc.The typological characteristics and the styles of the incised decorative designs
showed that the date of Longxia kiln site was roughly corresponding to that of Hehuaxin kiln site at Shanglinhu in Yuyao County,both of which were in the late Tang Dynasty.
The Excavation of the Proto-porcelain Kilns of the Shang Dynasty at the Nanshan Hill in Huzhou City,Zhejiang
Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology Huzhou Museum
Abstract:The middle reach of the Dong Tiaoxi River centered by Deqing County of Zhejiang Province，including Huzhou City is the important distribution area of the proto-porcelain kilns of the pre-Qin period,within which over 100 kiln sites have been found,the dates of which lasted from the Xia and Shang Dynasties through the Warring-States Period,so this area is the important origin of the porcelain industry of China.In March through November 2010,the archaeologists made rescue excavations to the kiln sites at Nanshan Hill,which uncovered 800 sq m in total area.The revealed remains are kilns,ash pits,raw material cellars,water ditches,postholes and so on,and the recovered artifacts includ- ed proto-porcelain doustemmed bowls,jars,gui-tureens,zun-vessels,basins,bowls,yu-basins,vessel lids,and so on,as well as some impressed hard pottery wares.The terminus post quem of the Nanshan kiln site is about 1560-1500 BC,and its terminus ante quem is in the late Yinxu Period.The iscovery and excavation of Nanshan kiln
site are greatly meaningful to the exploration on the origination of the porcelains of China.