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The Xiaozhushan site is situated on the eastern slope of Xiaozhushan Hill, west of Wujiacun Village in the center of Guanglu Island, Changhai County of Dalian City in Liaoning Province. The area is about 100 meters in length north/south and 50 meters in width east/west. A small scale investigation and trial excavation was conducted in 1978 followed by official excavations in 2000, 2006, 2008 and 2009 carried out by the Institute of Archaeology, CASS, Liaoning Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology and the Dalian Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
This is an annual bulletin edited by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. 38 important archaeological discoveries are introduced, including Niupodong cave site in new Gui'an district, Guizhou province; Gaoshan city-site in Dayi, Sichuan; Qin and Han periods Xuechi sacrificial sites at mount Yongshan in Fengxiang, Shaanxi; Caowei period tomb at Xizhu village in Koudian town, Luoyang; High-platformed grottoes in the western area of the grotto gully within the Tuyu ravine at Turpan, Xinjiang; Qinglong-town Site in Qingpu, Shanghai. Dates of the discoveries range from the Paleolithic Period to the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the regions mentioned are nationwide. The contents are both informative and rich in illustrations and pictures.
In China three campaigns of systematic archaeological field surveys stipulated by the State Council covering all provinces were started in 1956, in 1981 and in 2007 lasting approximately three to five years. Sites of all prehistoric and historic periods were registered and documented by local teams of archaeologists. The second initiative during the 1980s resulted in a vast amount of collected data which were classified and evaluated by the provincial archaeological institutes. The State Administration of Cultural Heritage successively edits the results in the series ‘Atlas of Chinese Cultural Relics’ separately by provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the administration of the Central Government. Altogether 32 volumes have been planned, of which 22 are already published.
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