Archaeological Discoveries

China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries

The annual selection event “China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries” was established in 1990 by the Chinese Culture Relics News Press. The China Culture Relics News Press is a weekly archaeological newspaper reporting about latest discoveries and projects. The main aim of the event is to select from the numerous archaeological excavations those with the highest scientific value, and to promote further related research.

Brown-glazed waist drum. (Photo: China Culture Relics News Press)
Nanyao-ceramic kilns from the Tang dynasty (618–907) in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province.

Number 10 of China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries 2013

Excavation: Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Leping Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, Press and Publication, Leping City Museum
 
Excavation leader: Zhang Wenjiang
Stone engravings from Yanjiao Village. (Photo: China Culture Relics News Press)
Tubo period stone engravings in Shiqu County, Sichuan Province.

Number 9 of China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries 2013

Investigation: Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Palace Museum Beijing, Administration of Cultural Relics of Shiqu County, Ganzi Prefecture
 
Investigation leader: Gao Dalun
Aerial view of tombs 1 and 2. (Photo: China Culture Relics News Press)
The tombs of Emperor Yang of the Sui dynasty (518–618) and his wife in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province.

Number 8 of China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries 2013

Excavation: Nanjing Museum, Yangzhou Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of Suzhou City
 
Excavation leader: Shu Jiaping

In March 2013, two brick-chamber tombs were discovered in the course of construction work in Situ Village, Xihu Prefecture, Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province (tomb numbers 2013YCM1, M2).

Pentagonal-shaped stone element of the Bridge of the Chu-Gate No. 1. (Photo: China Culture Relics News Press)
The bridges over the Wei in the urban area of Chang’an (Xi’an), Western Han dynasty (202 BC–9 AD), Shaanxi Province.

Number 7 of China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries 2013

Excavation: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Xi’an Municipal Institute of Archaeology and the Preservation of Cultural Relics
 
Excavation leader: Liu Rui