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China selects top 10 archaeological finds in 2014

Updated: Apr 10,2015 10:29 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Judges drawn from Chinese archaeological authorities and museums selected Dabona Cemetery in west Yunnan, the Zhang Zhung Kingdoms Tombs in Tibet and eight other major locations as the greatest archaeological finds in 2014 on April 9.

The finds, which include a Warring States Period (about 475-221 BC) tomb in Hubei, an ancient kiln in Zhejiang and a large-scale granary site in Henan, have provided new sources to study the development of the Chinese civilization. The earliest dates back to more than 600,000 years ago.

In the Zhang Zhung Kingdoms Tombs, which lie in Tibet’s Ngari region, archaeologists have found rare cultural relics that show extensive contact between the ancient kingdom and other cultures some 2,000 years ago.

The top ten finds were chosen by 21 judges from 25 candidates that had been narrowed down from 688 excavations in 2014. The judges are from State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, the Palace Museum and other archaeological institutions.