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Weekly snapshot of China's archaeological news

09 Aug 2020, 19:59 GMT+10

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's archaeological news from the past week:

-- Centuries-old stone tablet found in the Great Wall

A stone tablet, dating back to the reign of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), has been discovered on top of a tower on the Great Wall in north China, local authorities said.

The tablet, 102 cm long, 62 cm wide, and 13 cm thick, was found by a so-called "protector" (or guard) while patrolling the Xuliukou section of the Great Wall in Qian'an City, Hebei Province, according to sources with the city government.

-- Thousand-year-old tomb discovered in Jilin

An ancient tomb dating back to the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) and Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) was discovered in a village in northeast China's Jilin Province.

The provincial institute of cultural heritage and archaeology said the tomb is located in a farmyard in Sihe Village of the city of Shuangliao. Local farmers accidentally uncovered the tomb when digging at the site.

-- Ancient marine life fossil discovered in Hebei

A fossil of Armenoceras, an ancient marine creature, was discovered in north China's Hebei Province, local authorities said.

The fossil was embedded in a piece of limestone in a local park in Congtai District in the city of Handan. The grayish-brown fossil fragment is about 6 cm long and 3 cm wide.

The fossil dates back to the Ordovician period about 438 million to 510 million years ago. It is of great significance to the study of paleogeography.

-- Centuries-old cliff inscriptions discovered in Inner Mongolia

Archaeologists discovered cliff inscriptions with ancient Mongolian characters, bearing a history of nearly 1,000 years, in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

A total of 10 cliff paintings with inscriptions dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) were found in the region's Bairin Left Banner during an exploration of ancient books.

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