How China Invented Cats

The Atlantic’s Rebecca J. Rosen describes surprising new archaeological findings on early...

China’s Forgotten Hindu Temples

The Hindu reports that there is a forgotten history behind Hindu temples in  Chedian Village, Quanzhou where residents pray before a “cross-legged” “four-armed goddess” with a “demon lying at her...

The Grand Canal: China’s Ancient Lifeline

Veteran China journalist Ian Johnson, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his coverage of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, recently spent two weeks aboard a barge on China’s Grand Canal. In a feature for National...

China’s Part in Afghanistan Mining Boom

A New York Times article on the rush for Afghanistan’s estimated trillion-dollar natural resources includes details of Chinese companies’ involvement. Already this summer, the China National Petroleum Corporation, in...

World’s Oldest Pottery Confirmed in Jiangxi

An report released today in Science details the dating efforts that have confirmed pottery fragments found in Jiangxi province’s Xianren Cave (仙人洞) to be the world’s oldest. Radiocarbon samples have proven the...

Imperiled Buddhas and Sino-Afghan Relations

By investing heavily in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, China has extended its political influence in the war-torn country, and secured some of the resources needed to fuel its own rapid development. In 2007, state-owned...

China, Kenya to Search for Ancient Chinese Wrecks

From the Associated Press: An agreement was signed for a three-year project funded by China’s Commerce Ministry to explore waters near the popular tourist towns ofMalindi and Lamu, the official Xinhua News Agency reported...

Israeli Team Dates 18,000-Year-Old Pottery in China

Israeli, Chinese, and American scientists have dated the pottery fragments excavated from a cave in Henan province to be 18,000 years old.  From the Jersualem Post: Early last week, the team reported that they had reexcavated...

China Plans New Terracotta Warrior Dig

From AP: China plans to excavate more of the life-size terracotta warriors at the famed ancient tomb of the country’s first emperor, an official newspaper said Wednesday. Archeologists hope to uncover more figures of...

‘Oldest Pottery’ Found In China

From BBC News: Examples of pottery found in a cave at Yuchanyan in China’s Hunan province may be the oldest known to science. By determining the fraction of a type, or isotope, of carbon in bone fragments and charcoal, the...

East Met West Earlier: Ancient Chinese Wheat Tells the Tail – World-Wire

From The World-Wire: Wheat grains nearly 5,000 years old found at a Chinese archaeological site two years ago have revealed that western man traveled, brought new agriculture and settled in China much earlier than previously thought, in fact by 2,500 years. Recently published research [1] of ANSTO’s* Professor John Dodson and Professor Xiaoqiang Li, State […]

New Human Fossil Find Adds Millennia to China’s History – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via People’s Daily Online: Chinese archaeologists said they have found fossilized remains of a primitive human species that lived about 2.04 million years ago in the Three Gorges Area in southwest China, the earliest ever found in the country. The findings, including a lower jawbone fragment, an incisor and more than 230 pieces […]

1,700-Year-Old Tombs Found in Northwest China – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Nine 1,700-year-old brick tombs have been discovered in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which, experts say, provide valuable clues for the research of exchanges between the central Chinese government at that time and remote Western Regions. It is the first time ancient tombs with typical characteristics of China’s main Han nationality have […]

China Finds Secret Tomb Chamber - BBC News

From BBC News: A mysterious underground chamber has been found inside the Chinese imperial tomb guarded by the famous Terracotta Army, Chinese archaeologists say. Historical records describing the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China’s Qin dynasty, do not mention the room which is 30 metres (98 feet) deep….[Full Text]

Earliest Tomb Figures Discovered in NW China Village – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Archaeologists have unearthed four colored tomb figures in a tomb in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-221 BC). The four colored wooden tomb figures, about 80 centimeters tall, are believed to be at least 500 years older than that of the terracotta warriors and horses of Qin […]



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