Wolseong, Korea's Historic Site No. 16 and a Unesco World Heritage Site

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Dark secrets of Korea's 'moon castle' are unearthed

The official excavation research of Wolseong began in December 2014. 
 
Literally translated as “moon castle” in English, Wolseong, which is also listed at Unesco World Heritage, measures more than 200,000 square meters and is considered one of the most important historical sites in Korea as it was the seat of the Silla Dynasty. Compared to its historical weight, the Wolseong area had been left largely unexplored.  

Two sets of human remains estimated to be 2,500 years old have been excavated

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: 2500-year-old human remains excavated during rail construction in Taiwan

Yen Ting-yu (顏廷伃), who received a PhD from National Taiwan University’s Department of Anthropology and is responsible for the excavation, estimated that the two skeletons date back to the Neolithic period, 2,500 years ago. This site marks a breakthrough in archeology for the Chiayi region, as previously there had not been many findings.

For the full article, please see: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4282330?fbclid=IwAR2XVdvQvSVj-Bz04...

Spatial distribution of the minting remains in the foundry's excavation area

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: New record set in China for oldest known coin-making facility

"A team of researchers from Zhengzhou University, the Modern Analysis and Computer Center of Zhengzhou University and Peking University, all in China, has found evidence of what appears to be the oldest coin-minting operation ever uncovered. In their paper published in the Cambridge University journal Antiquity, the group describes their discovery and study of coins and minting molds found at a dig site in Henan Province, China, and what they have learned about it."

Peter Bellwood Announced as Winner of the International Cosmos Prize

SEAA is pleased to announce Prof. Peter Bellwood from Australian National University has been awarded the 28th International Cosmos Prize for his contributions to developing our understanding of past human societies, and especially his research on the early farming dispersal hypothesis in Southeast Asia. For more information see the following links:

https://www.expo-cosmos.or.jp/english/news/the-winner-of-the-202128th-international-cosmos-prize.html

https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-archaeologist-awarded-top-honour-for-lifes-work--

"Dragon Man" in his habitat

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Massive human head in Chinese well forces scientists to rethink evolution

‘Dragon man’ skull reveals new branch of family tree more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals

The discovery of a huge fossilised skull that was wrapped up and hidden in a Chinese well nearly 90 years ago has forced scientists to rewrite the story of human evolution.

Analysis of the remains has revealed a new branch of the human family tree that points to a previously unknown sister group more closely related to modern humans than the Neanderthals.

aerial photo shows the site of a temple called Xianying Palace

NEWS: Great Wall castle remains discovered in Shaanxi

The remains of a Great Wall castle dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) were discovered in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, said the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology on June 8, 2021.

Architectural relics, including two courtyards, were found at the remains of the Qingpingbao castle, located in Jingbian County, Yulin City.

Winners of the SEAA Student Award competition

Dear SEAA members and other scholars of East Asia,

On behalf of the SEAA Executive Board, it is my pleasure to announce the winners of the Student Award competition. Given in conjunction with SEAA conferences, the award is made to undergraduate and graduate students based on their submitted research papers. Each award consists of a $250 book prize, along with a complimentary 3-year membership in SEAA.

Undated photo shows a boar tusk carving of a silkworm unearthed at the Shuanghuaishu site in central China's Henan Province. (Xinhua)

Oscars of Chinese archaeology reveals top 10 discoveries in China for 2020

--The awards have been given out for the top archaeological discoveries every year since 1990 --Winners this year range from well-preserved artefacts from the Sixteen Kingdoms period to early signs of fire from China’s first cavemen  --This year, the top 10 were announced by China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration.  1. Shaolingyuan tomb site in Xian, Shaanxi  2. Silk Road tombs in northwestern Qinghai  3. The Shuanghuaishu site in Henan  4. 8000 years old shell mound in Yuyao, Zhenjiang  5. Fortified barns and cellars for storing food in Shizuang site in Henan 
Dr. K.C. Chang

Today April 15 is the birthday of Dr. Kwang-chih Chang (1931-2001)

Dr. Kwang-chih Chang (1931-2001) is a pioneer best known for bringing the richness and diversity of Chinese archaeology to the world. Throughout his life, he was influential in the development of archaeological theory, the fostering of international cooperative research in East Asia, and has trained many students who went on to become distinguished archaeologists in their own right. 

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