This Week in Chinese Archaeology – 1st to 7th September 2012

Settlement Depicts Bronze Age in Xinjiang (People’s Daily Online)

Archaeologists have discovered a Bronze Age settlement and cemetery in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region which they believe date back to the time of the Xia Dynasty (c.2070-c.1600 BC). The tombs and residential structures are thought to be contemporaneous, which was previously unheard of in this part of western China.


Private Museums Struggle in Tough Market (China Daily)

China’s private museums and art galleries are struggling to make ends meet in today’s economy and many are at risk of closure due to a lack of government subsidies and recognition. An increasing number of public museums are dropping their admissions charges altogether, giving them a competitive edge over smaller, independent institutions who are not in a position to follow suit.


Ministry Defends Costly Protection for Heritage Site (Xinhua)

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) has issued a statement to address public concerns regarding the high costs of protecting the 600-year-old Daoist Yuzhengong Palace in central China’s Wudang Mountains from the rising water levels in the area. The ongoing construction of China’s South-North Water Transfer Project threatens to submerge the centuries-old World Heritage site so $29 million was set aside for protective measures and restoration works. The palace will be moved to a new site 15 metres above its current location and funds will be also used for the repair and restoration of cultural relics and for conducting further excavations in the area.

East gate of the Yuzhengong Palace
(Source: CNTV)

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