Ancient kiln relics unearthed
Archaeologists recently found a large number of kiln relics dating back to the Sui Dynasty (581-618) in Jinan, Shandong province. The discovery was made at a site in Ningyang county. Nearly 10,000 pieces of kiln equipment and 1,000 items of porcelain were unearthed. Xing Qi, a researcher at the provincial archaeological research institute, said the porcelain — including bowls, cups, plates and pots — was mostly for daily use, but there were also some higher-end pieces. Experts said the discoveries offer valuable research material for the study of China’s porcelain industry in the Sui Dynasty.