Relics Prove Cultural Communication on Qinghai Route of Silk Road

On grounds of cultural elements embodied in a large number of cultural relics unearthed from the Xuewei No. 1 Tomb in 2018, archaeological experts have confirmed that Dulan, a county in Qinghai, is an important spot for cultural exchanges between the East and the West on the Qinghai route of the Silk Road.

After dating some of the unearthed relics and analyzing their characteristics, the archaeologists preliminarily concluded that the tomb dated back to the mid-8th century during the middle of the Tang Dynasty. In the process of classification, the staff found that the patterns and craft styles of many cultural relics bear elements both from the Central Plains and Western culture. In particular, some unearthed silk fabrics epitomize a combination of Chinese and Western cultures in patterns and craftsmanship.

Located in the southeastern corner of the Qaidam Basin, the county of Dulan, its name translating to "warm place" in Mongolian, is a place where many ethnic groups once lived. After nearly 40 years of excavation, hundreds of ancient tombs have been discovered in the Dulan Reshui Tomb Cluster. According to archaeological experts, the Qinghai route is a major line on the Silk Road. The archaeological discoveries in Dulan Reshui tombs are of great value for studying the history of transportation and material and cultural exchanges on the Silk Road.

Source: China Central Television