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Important Archaeology Discoveries in Tianjin
Published on: 2020-10-27
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tianjin 02Nearly 900 ancient tombs that span nearly a millennium in the history of the Chinese nation have been discovered in Tianjin, Tianjin archaeology authorities announced recently..

The tombs were scattered alongside the Grand Canal, the world's longest man-made waterway and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and experts estimated that the tombs dated between the Song Dynasty (960-1276) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), according to Tianjin Cultural Heritage Protection Center.

tianjin 01Archaeologists have excavated more than 100 tombs from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties, discovering over 200 burial items including glazed pottery pots, porcelain jars and coins. They have also collected human bone specimens.

Since 2004, the center has cooperated with other organizations to promote the protection and research of human bones of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Tianjin. So far, experts have collected more than 700 human bone specimens from the period and established a specimen bank.

tianjin 07Some of the newly found tombs are stone-chamber tombs, while others are earth pits, and they are different in shapes and sizes, according to Zhao Chen, an expert from the center.

The discovery can provide references for future studies on the value and culture of the Grand Canal in ancient times, said Chen Yong, an archaeologist who participated in the project.

tianjin 03Archaeologists said they will gradually undertake the excavation of the remaining 700 ancient tombs in the future.

The Grand Canal, the longest canal in the world, was built in 486 BC with a total length of 1,776 kilometers, starting from Beijing in the north, passing through four provinces and two municipalities and ending in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province.

天津考古重大发现!

天津市文化遗产保护中心组织完成对西青区大运河国家文化公园、文化小镇建设项目区域大规模考古勘探,发现古代墓葬800余座。根据勘探发现的墓葬形制、埋深、包含物信息等初步推测,墓葬的年代涵盖了宋、金、元至明清不同历史时期。

此次发现的墓葬规模之大,类型之丰富,年代跨度之大,分布之集中在近70年的天津考古史上是绝无仅有的,是近70年来天津考古的重大发现。

经批准,2020年9月,天津市文化遗产保护中心进驻到西青区大运河国家文化公园建设工程考古工地,先期开始对上半年勘探发现的100余座明清墓葬进行考古发掘。

经过一个多月的努力,现在已揭露出明清时期墓葬90余座,出土釉陶罐、白瓷罐、钱币、发饰、符咒砖瓦等文物200余件,同时对墓葬出土人骨标本进行全部科学采集。

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