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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.
The Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage which has continuously organized and promoted the conservation and protection of ancient Chinese textiles unveils with this essay collection the mystery of the preservation and restoration of ancient fabrics.
Chinesische Academy of Cultural Heritage (ed.), Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles. Cultural Relics Press, Beijing 2009. ISBN 978-7-5010-2822-1.