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China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries

The annual selection event “China's Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries” was established in 1990 by the Chinese Culture Relics News Press. The China Culture Relics News Press is a weekly archaeological newspaper reporting about latest discoveries and projects. The main aim of the event is to select from the numerous archaeological excavations those with the highest scientific value, and to promote further related research.

In 2009, the selection event was sponsored for the first time by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), coordinated by the Chinese Society of Archaeology and organized by the China Culture Relics News Press. So far, 240 projects have been chosen in the course of 24 selection events held. The selections have come to enjoy a high reputation. In a sustainable way, they promote archaeological research, the dissemination of archaeological knowledge, and public awareness of the need to safeguard cultural relics.

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Fig. 1: Map of the southern Xinjiang study region in western China showing old river courses and the sites selected for the project.

The language of clothes along the Silk Road: What does their wardrobe speak to us about humans between 1000 BC and 300 AD?

Clothes make the man, but not many can survive the ravages of time. Due to the extremely dry climate of western China, intact trousers, skirts and caftans as well as boots and leather coats are frequently brought to light during the course of archaeological excavations. Their hues and variety of fashion have aroused the worldwide attention of scientists of antiquity.

Under the title “Silk Road Fashion: Clothes as a means of communication in the 1st millennium BC, Eastern Central Asia”, a joint Chinese-German group of researchers are investigating garments excavated from modern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China. Various disciplines ranging from the arts to natural and technical sciences will be utilized within contemporary knowledge concerning quality of material, means of processing and the use of resources. For the first time, the diverse societies settling along the trading stations of the Silk Road will be characterized on the basis of their clothing.

Book-cover. (Source: Chinesische Academy of Cultural Heritage (ed.), Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles. Cultural Relics Press, Beijing 2009)
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Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles

The Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage which has continuously organized and promoted the conservation and protection of ancient Chinese textiles unveils with this essay collection the mystery of the preservation and restoration of ancient fabrics.

Chinesische Academy of Cultural Heritage (ed.), Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles. Cultural Relics Press, Beijing 2009. ISBN 978-7-5010-2822-1.