Weekly snapshot of China’s archaeological news

BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — The following are highlights of China’s archaeological news from the past week:

— Neolithic house ruins unearthed in Shanxi

Archaeologists have unearthed 12 house ruins sites dating back to 4,300 to 4,800 years ago in the city of Lyuliang, north China’s Shanxi Province.

The sites are part of the Xinyi relics, which are located in northern Xinyi Village of Lishi District with an area of some 400,000 square meters. From March to August, archaeologists conducted excavations in the area for a road construction project.

— Ancient tomb complex discovered in Hunan

A batch of ancient tombs dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD) was discovered along an expressway in central China’s Hunan Province.

After finding bricks from tombs belonging to the Eastern Han Dynasty during a months-long excavation that started in May and lasted until September, researchers speculated the existence of a large tomb complex near the Lianhua Expressway in Xiangtan County.

— Ancient royal temple site found in Inner Mongolia

Archaeologists have discovered the site of an ancient royal temple in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The temple was found in a highland area in the city ruins of Shangjing, the political, economic and cultural center of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125). The Shangjing site is located in Lindong Township of Bairin Left Banner in the city of Chifeng. It covers an area of about 5 square km.

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