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China's top 10 new archaeological discoveries in 2020
Source: Henan Museum Edit: Chend Time: 2021.04.14 10:01:28 Views:


Relics from Zhaoguo Cave site, Gui'an New Area, Guizhou province.

A jade silkworm from Shuanghuaishu heritage site, Gongyi, Henan province .

Shizhuang heritage site, Zhoukou, Henan province.

Relics from Reshui graveyard site, Dulan county, Haixi Mongolian-Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai province.

 Source:chinadaily
China's Top 10 New Archaeological Discoveries of 2020 were unveiled on Tuesday. Dubbed the "Oscars of Chinese archaeology", the annual awards have been bestowed since 1990, and are one of the most anticipated events promoting new archaeological findings among the public. The 10 award winners stood out from 20 candidates after the final round of appraisals, lasting from Monday to Tuesday morning. The 21-person judging panel featuring the country's top-tier archaeological scholars was organized by China Cultural Relics News.

Here come some tops: 

1. Zhaoguo Cave site, Gui'an New Area, Guizhou province
Paleolithic to Neolithic period dating back 45,000 to 12,000 years

The findings provide key clues to studying the living conditions of hunter-gatherers of Southwest China in the Pleistocene Epoch, and offer one of the most abundant discoveries in China that indicate the early-stage usage of fire.


3. Shuanghuaishu heritage site, Gongyi, Henan province (dating back for 5,300 years)
It was the highest-level residential complex of its time found along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, filling a gap in the research of the origins of Chinese civilization. A highlight among the unearthed artifacts is a jade sculpture of a silkworm.


4. Shizhuang heritage site, Zhoukou, Henan province, 2000 to 1700 BC
The site is the earliest-known evidence of a fortified city of barns in China, which is an exceptional reference to study early-stage managing systems for food supply in ancient China.

Xuyang graveyard site, Yichuan county, Luoyang, Henan province. [Photo/China Cultural Relics News]  


5. Xuyang graveyard site, Yichuan county, Luoyang, Henan province, Eastern Zhou Dynasty
The graveyard shows mixture of rituals of Central China and other ethnic groups in the west of China today, reflecting how different cultures exchanged with each other at time of an inclusive atmosphere of Chinese civilization.
Relics from Reshui graveyard site, Dulan county, Haixi Mongolian-Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai province.