On October 30, the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) held a meeting for the project "Chinese Archaeology" in Beijing, briefing achievements on two important archaeological discoveries: Baishiya Karst Cave in Xiahe County, Northwest China's Gansu Province and the Xuewei tomb No 1 at Reshui graveyard in Dulan County, Qinghai Province. The meeting focused on important archaeological discoveries in the eastern and northern areas of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
The Xuewei tomb No 1 is a grand burial site for high-ranking nobles in the Tang (Tubo) era. It is located in the eastern and northern area of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, an important passage for migration of early human beings and communication between various ethnic groups. After careful survey and excavations, more than 1,000 pieces of cultural relics including gold, silver, bronze, iron, lacquered wood, leather, jade, glass ware and textiles have been unearthed, representing different cultures in the region stretching from Central China to Tubo, the Western Territories and Central Asia. The excavation project provides tangible materials for early human migration and for the study of the origin and evolution of humans, ethnic integration and cultural exchanges in China. It is also extremely valuable for the research on the burial customs in the Reshui area during the Tang (Tubo) era, the history of the relationship between the Tang Empire and ethnic minorities, transportation history on the Silk Road and the history of material and cultural exchanges.
Source: Xinhua News Agency, National Cultural Heritage Administration