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Major Archaeological Discoveries of China in Recent Years

25 July – 24 September 2007

Special Exhibition Gallery

Jointly presented by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organized by Hong Kong Museum of History and Art Exhibitions China


The archaeological discoveries of China in recent years have brought new perspectives for the studies of Chinese history and culture. Featuring 120 sets of cultural relics excavated from various archaeological sites in China, this exhibition revealed the major achievements of Chinese archaeology over the past decades. Highlights included exquisite bronze objects, pottery figures, lacquer wares, well-carved jade ornaments, Buddhist relics, as well as rarely seen gold and silver wares. The exhibits came from 11 museums and cultural institutions of 9 provinces in China, with a long period spanning from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. Most of them had never been put on display in Hong Kong before. This exhibition is one of the celebration programmes to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR.

The exhibition catalogue "Major Archaeological Discoveries of China in Recent Years" reveals the major achievements of Chinese archaeology over the past decades and collects the cultural relics excavated at over 20 archaeological sites in nine provinces throughout the nation. From the Neolithic jade ware unearthed from Lingjiatan in Anhui province to the Shang and Zhou dynasties bronze ware from Yin Ruins in Henan province and Mei county in Shaanxi province; from the baixi acrobat tomb figures of Qinshihuang to the jade burial suit sewn with silver threads of the Chu Prince in the Western Han dynasty; from the three-colour glazed pottery and the painted sarcophagus of the High Tang dynasty to the Southern Song and Qing dynasties porcelain recovered from shipwrecks in the South China Sea, the catalogue features significant discoveries with a long period spanning from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty.