Los Angeles Times
National Museum of China showcases century of archaeological discoveries
An exhibition at the National Museum of China (NMC) is showcasing an extraordinary array of archaeological discoveries from the past 100 years, as part of a series of events marking the 110th anniversary of the museum's founding.
The museum has selected 241 cultural relics, discovered over the last century by Chinese archaeologists from more than 70 different sites around the nation, which tell the story of Chinese civilization and the history of exchanges between eastern and Western cultures and nations.
"This exhibition uses 241 representative cultural relics unearthed from the archaeological projects involving the National Museum of China to showcase China's archaeological achievements over the past 100 years and explore the development of Chinese civilization from different dimensions of land, sea and air," said Chen Keshuang, exhibition curator
In 1921, the excavation of the ancient city of Julu in north China's Hebei Province marked the beginning of the museum's archaeology work.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the museum expanded its important archaeological work, setting up special institutes and using new techniques for underwater exploration, remote sensing and aerial photography.
In 2012, the NMC Archaeological Institute was set up as a replacement for the former Archaeological Department and has gradually shifted the focus of its work to the northwestern region and border areas with large ethnic minority populations.
"We have shifted our work to the northwest and border areas inhabited by ethnic minorities as contributions to the construction of the Belt and Road. We can gather key evidence reflecting the cultural exchanges and mutual learning between East and West and the emergence of the Silk Road, including the formation of a unified multi-ethnic country," said Zhuang Lina, Deputy Director of the NMC Archaeological Institute.
The relics and artifacts on display also tell a compelling story of the dedication and rigor of Chinese archaeologists who have done so much to advance the understanding of past cultures through hard work and innovation.