The State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China announced the top ten new archaeological discoveries in China in 2021 in Beijing on March 31.

The ten major projects with a time span of 130,000 years provide scientific basis and physical evidence for the study of the origin and evolution of human beings and the origin, formation and development of Chinese civilization.

  In order of time, the top ten new archaeological discoveries are: Sichuan Daocheng Piluo Site, Henan Nanyang Huangshan Site, Hunan Lixian Jijiacheng Site, Shandong Tengzhou Gangshang Site, Sichuan Guanghan Sanxingdui Site Sacrificial Area, Hubei Yunmeng Site Zhengjiahu Cemetery, Shaanxi Xi'an Jiangcun Tomb, Gansu Wuwei Tang Dynasty Tuyuhun Royal Tomb Group, Xinjiang Yuli Keyak Kuduke Beacon Ruins, Anhui Fengyang Ming Zhongdu Ruins.

  The Jiangcun Tomb, which has attracted much attention, has determined the exact location of the Tomb of Emperor Wen of the Han Dynasty and solved the problem of the name of the eleven tombs of the Western Han Dynasty.

Wang Wei, a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that the archaeological work has provided detailed archaeological data for the formation, development and evolution of the imperial mausoleum system in the Western Han Dynasty, and laid a foundation for in-depth research on the ancient Chinese imperial mausoleum system.

At the same time, a large number of precious cultural relics unearthed in Baling also confirmed the construction concept of "the mausoleum is like a capital city", and it has also become the characteristic of the tombs of the emperors of the subsequent dynasties.

Responsible editor: [Cheng Chunyu]