Qing Dynasty stone writing found in China

(ORDO NEWS) — In China, archaeologists have discovered eight stone tablets dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) while conducting survey work in the Sichuan province in the southwest of the country.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the discovery was made at the Chengdu Wuhou Shrine. This temple was built around 1800 years. It was erected in memory of Liu Bei, the founder of the state of Shu during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD).

The shrine is also dedicated to the memory of Zhuge Liane, a well-known commander in China, who is considered an outstanding military strategist Liu Bei.

Artifacts were discovered by chance – they were found during the repair work that was carried out in the temple. After the first tablet was discovered, work was suspended, and professional archaeologists arrived at the site.

First, they scanned the walls so as not to damage potential artifacts while extracting them. However, it turned out that the stone tablets had been damaged in previous years. In total, archaeologists discovered 15 fragments, of which eight stone tablets were made.

As explained by Ma Ping, deputy director of the Wuhou Temple Museum in Chengdu, the oldest of these artifacts were created 350 years ago.

The age of the latest tablets is estimated at 201 years. The relics are planned to be restored and conserved in the laboratory, after which they are likely to be displayed to the public in the temple’s museum.

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