BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's archaeological news from the past week:
-- 170-year-old stone tablet discovered in north China
A stone tablet, dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), has been discovered in north China's Hebei Province.
The tablet, which was made in 1848 during the reign of Emperor Daoguang, as shown on the inscriptions, was found in Dongbalizhuang Village under the city of Nangong.
The cuboid, which is 135 cm tall, 73 cm wide, and 23 cm thick, features 705 character inscriptions describing the history of a special school called "Yixue" in Chinese in the village.
-- Early Iron Age site discovered in China's Jilin
Chinese archaeologists have found an early Iron Age site in northeast China's Jilin Province.
The archaeologists have carried out excavations covering an area of 1,420 square meters this year at the site, which is located in the west of Helong Village, Yanji City.
They discovered more than 10 housing sites and over 500 pieces of relics including pottery, stoneware and iron pipes.
-- Archeologists find 550-mln-year-old fossils in upper Yangtze River
Archeologists have identified four species of organisms from frondose fossils, which once lived at the bottom of the ocean 550 million years ago, from Shibantan Biota in the Three Gorges area of central China's Hubei Province, in the upper stream of the Yangtze River.
The fossils in the shape of "leaves" are actually early animals. The four paleontological species, which are now extinct, have a body length of about 10 cm. These ancient "leaves" have round suckers at the bottom that adsorbed to the sea bed, while the "stems" and "leaves" stood upright in the sea.
-- 190-year-old stone tablet discovered in north China
A stone tablet dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) has been discovered in north China's Hebei Province.
The tablet, which was made in 1830 during the reign of Emperor Daoguang as shown on the inscriptions, was found by a reservoir in Xincheng Village of Neiqiu County, Xingtai City. Enditem