A Host of Mummies, a Forest of Secrets

The New York Times reports on an important new archeological find in the Taklamakan desert of Xinjiang: In the middle of a terrifying desert north of Tibet, Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery. Its...

Tomb of Legendary General Cao Cao Unearthed in Central China

Archeologists have discovered what is believed to be the tomb of Cao Cao, the 3rd century warlord and politician, in Henan Province. From Xinhua: Three ancient corpses, one man and two women, were found in the two-chamber tomb...

Tiny Dinosaur Fossil Is Found in China

Dinosaur fossils are eternally been an issue in Chongqing . But now it seems that China is opening to international cooperation in the search for dinosaur fossils. From AP: As pterodactyls go it was small, toothless and had...

Sunday Photo: Jurassic Chongqing?

Not just everybody’s favorite city for nuclear-caliber hot pot, Chongqing is famous, amongst paleontologists at least, as a haven for dinosaur fossils. On October 23, 2007, dinosaur experts working in the Chongqing Natural History Museum were assembling dinosaur fossil models for a permanent exhibition in Shaanxi. The dinosaur fossils are up to 24 meters high, […]

China’s Army is Force of Enlightenment – Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, writes in The Times about the terracotta warriors from Qin Shi Huangdi’s mausoleum, which will be displayed next month at his museum, in the largest exhibition of objects from the tomb complex ever to travel abroad: It is now more than 30 years since a peasant digging a […]

Why All Fakes Lead to China – Bright B Simons

As the Los Angeles Times reports that cough medicine which included a toxic ingredient that originated in China may be to blame for at least 67 deaths in Panama, Asia Times reports on the abundance of fake goods, including dinosaur bones, streaming out of China: There is something a bit geeky about faking dinosaur remains. […]

Mysterious Huge Stone Eggs Discovered in Hunan Province – Epoch Times

From the Epoch Times: A large number of “stone eggs” were recently discovered along with a copper sword at a construction site in Bandeng Hill and Zhanlong Hill, Gongxi Town of Hunan Province. The origin of the stone eggs is currently unknown as it is reported that further analysis by experts will be required to […]

Olympic Construction Unearths Ancient Treasure Trove – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times: Building the new China usually entails digging up the old China. Construction zones across the country are uncovering so many antiquities that it might be considered a golden era for archaeology ” except that sites and antiquities are often simply demolished by bulldozers or looted. “There are two enemies of […]

Nation’s First Foreign Worker Uncovered? – China Daily

From China Daily via China Net: Chinese archaeologists discovered the remains of what may prove to be the country’s first foreign worker, an early European, who labored on the mausoleum of China’s first emperor. The discovery was made after DNA tests on human remains from one of the laborers’ tombs near the mausoleum of Qingshihuang, […]

China Digs Into Mystery of Missing Peking Man Fossils – Ching-Ching Ni

From the Los Angeles Times (link): Since China’s economic boom helped boost its international standing and national confidence, the country has begun a quest to reclaim art and relics lost or stolen during decades of foreign domination and occupation. Zhoukoudian officials believe that finding the fossils will allow scientists to undertake additional study and help […]



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