Weekly snapshot of China's archaeological news

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-08 10:00:47|Editor: Li Xia
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BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's key news on archaeology from the past week:

-- 347-yr-old forest protection stone tablet

A stone tablet recording forest protection contents dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was discovered in central China's Hunan Province.

With a height of 1.36 meters and a side length of 45 cm, the cuboid has characters carved on its four sides, with some saying that "trees planted by forefathers can shade their descendants, and people of this clan are not allowed to cut down trees."

-- 95 ancient tombs on Tsinghua University campus

A total of 95 ancient tombs have been discovered on the campus of Tsinghua University, a prestigious university in Beijing.

The tombs were found in an area where a new building of the university's department of civil engineering was to be constructed. Copper coins and other objects have been found besides human bones, which can be seen in 20 of the graves.

-- Qing Dynasty salt weight

A 300 kg bluestone weight used by salt merchants in the Qing Dynasty was unearthed in north China's Hebei Province.

The well-preserved weight was discovered at a construction site in Youfang Village of Qinghe County recently. Inscribed in the weight was the characters "Zhen De" that means salt merchant, and "Daoguang 29 years" that means the 29th year during the reign of Emperor Daoguang.