1100-year-old Tang dynasty archive discovered in China

(ORDO NEWS) — In China, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north-west of the country, archaeologists discovered more than 700 paper documents and wooden tablets belonging to the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

The Xinhua News Agency reports on the discovery with reference to a statement by the regional institute of archeology. Relics were found during excavations in the Julia district. In ancient times there was a high tower, which served as a kind of lighthouse. It was used by warriors to transmit signals using smoke and fire.

In total, archaeologists have discovered over 1,100 different relics, including paper documents and wooden plaques with texts. Some of them have already been deciphered. For example, paper relics contain both personal correspondence and literary works.

Other texts are records of military installations at all levels along the defense line, which included the now defunct watchtower.

Scientists have determined that this archive dates back to the Tang Dynasty. Relics will help to better understand how defensive fortifications were built in ancient China in those days. By the way, this region in the era of the Tang Dynasty was cross-border.

Another interesting find was made in southern China. In the province of Guangdong, archaeologists after several months of excavation discovered more than 100 cultural relics and 65 tombs, whose age is about 4000 years. They date from the late Neolithic era and the reign of the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC). Ceramic and jade products were found in the tombs.


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