Mu­seum, park to be con­structed on ru­ins of an­cient cap­i­tal

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Zhengzhou

A mu­seum and a park will be built on the ru­ins of the cap­i­tal of the Xia Dy­nasty (c. 21st cen­tury-16 th cen­tury BC), China’s ear­li­est dy­nasty, lo­cal cul­tural her­itage au­thor­i­ties said on Thurs­day.

“Con­struc­tion of the pro­ject will start in the first half of the year near the vil­lage of Er­l­i­tou in the city of Luoyang where more than 40,000 square me­ters of the ru­ins have been ex­ca­vated since 1959,” said Yu Jie, head of the city’s cul­tural her­itage bu­reau.

Cit­ing a plan passed by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, Yu said that the mu­seum, with a planned build­ing area of 30,000 square me­ters, will show­case about 40,000 items, such as ex­ca­vated an­tiques, text and graphic doc­u­ments re­lated to the early dy­nas­ties, in­clud­ing the Xia and Shang (c. 16th cen­tury-11th cen­tury BC).

The most fa­mous piece un­earthed there is a 70-cen­time­ter-long dragon formed from more than 2,000 pieces of turquoise. Chi­nese ar­chae­ol­o­gists dubbed the ar­ti­fact the “Dragon of China”, say­ing it was the ear­li­est ev­i­dence of Chi­nese in­fat­u­a­tion with dragons.

A cul­tural ru­ins park cov­er­ing 41 hectares will also be built. It will pro­tect and dis­play the sites of the an­cient city walls, palace and roads, as well as hand­i­craft work­shops of bronze cast­ing and turquoise, and the sac­ri­fice venue of the ru­ins.

“The park will also sim­u­late scenes from more than 3,000 years ago by land­scap­ing and build­ing work­shops based on the dis­cov­er­ies,” Yu said.

Yu did not dis­close the cost of the pro­ject.

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