Archaeologists in Shaanxi Province have discovered a historical site just outside Xi'an city. It's believed to be a large pottery kiln, dating back to the Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago. Let's do some digging.
Local researchers found the ruins of the pottery kiln on a construction site in suburban Xi'an. And the first thing that surprised them was its size.
Gao Bo, researcher from Xi'an Archaeology Research Inst., said, "We believe there are six caves jointed by one tunnel, so it's a large complex, because most kiln sites from the Tang Dynasty only have two or three caves."
Also surprising was what they found in the kiln. All parts were unearthed at the same time and they include floor and wall tiles for a house building, ceramic bowls and pots. The surprising find was a clay horse, believed to be a funeral object.
Gao Bo said, "For a kiln that mostly fired pottery pieces, the clay horse is such a rare find. We can see that it's very well designed and produced. "
Although the kiln site lies near the ancient capital of the Tang Dynasty, there is no clear evidence whether it's an imperial kiln or civilian kiln. In any case, the site has provided new insight for historical studies on ancient pottery.