A complex of ancient tombs was discovered at the project site in Dalou village, Bengbu city, Anhui province in earlier 2012, according to Bengbu Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage.
It contains 60 ancient tombs dating back to Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) or Tang (618 –907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The earliest tomb can date back to more than 2,000 years ago.
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AN INTERNATIONAL expedition led by British researcher William Lindesay believes that a 1,900-year-old wall in the heart of the Gobi Desert, which the Mongolians call the “Wall of Genghis Khan” is actually part of the Great Wall of China and was built by the Western Han dynasty.
The Great Wall of China is made up of many different pieces, constructed at different times and spread over large parts of the country but this section in Mongolia was not previously thought to be part of the Great Wall.
Read the Full Story at British researcher discovers piece of Great Wall ‘marooned outside China’ – The Irish Times – Mon, Feb 27, 2012.
Story by Clifford Coonan – Irish Times; Photo by William Lindesay
Have you heard that the Royal College of Surgeons in London has the mummified severed finger of a Yeti from Nepal? Matthew Hill of the Daily Mail writes about the fantastic journey this finger took to get to London. You can also listen to Matthew Hill’s story on the BBC (Yeti’s Finger) with explorer Peter Bryne being reunited with the finger.
Set high in a remote Himalayan mountain range stands the Pangboche Buddhist monastery.
During heavy snowstorms, it can be found only by travellers who listen for the monks’ ceremonial horns.
The walls are lined with traditional Nepalese paintings depicting the treacherous tracks to the monastery.
And among them are pictures of the legendary ape-like creature we refer to as the Yeti.
This might seem fanciful until you learn that, for many years, a shriveled hand (about the size of an adult human’s, with long, fat fingers and curling nails) was also on display in the monastery — and revered by the monks, who believed it protected them from bad luck.
I would know nothing about this story were it not for the fact that while walking around a collection of human and primate skeletons at the Royal College of Surgeons in London three years ago, I came across a withered finger which had only recently been found in the vaults of the College’s Hunterian Museum. It was labelled ‘a Yeti finger from Pangboche hand’.
Read the rest of the article at The Yeti, a severed finger from Nepal, and movie star James Stewart | Mail Online.
A new exhibition at the National Archives in London looks at the bloody partition of India from 1939 to 1947 and how it affected four men of different faiths. The Partition of British India lead to the creation of the two nations of India and Pakistan by trying to separate the countries based on religion. An article written in Asian Image, looks closer at the stories of the four men who lived through this transition.
The national archive is launching a new online exhibition showcase the powerful personal stories of four Panjabi elders whose lives were changed forever by the division of their homeland.
The creation of India and Pakistan in August 1947 following the British withdrawal from the sub-continent resulted in the biggest mass migration in history.
More than 18 million people were forced to migrate and as many as a million people died in the communal violence which accompanied Partition.
Four men born into different faith communities in the Panjab – Sikh, Muslim, Christian and Hindu – met at The National Archives in Kew last year to view original documents from the time and describe how Partition had shaped their lives.
Jaswant, Mohammed, Reginald and Tilak Raj swapped stories of the hardship and loss they endured but also the unexpected acts of kindness and humanity they witnessed.
Read the rest of the story at Panjab 1947: a heart divided (From Asian Image).
The Great Wall of China began in the 5th Century BC during the Warring States Period at the end of the Zhou Dynasty. At that time the wall consisted mostly on packed dirt. It was not after 221 BC with the emergence of the Qin Dynasty that new walls made out of stone were constructed. The majority of the wall seen today was constructed during the Ming Dynasty starting in the 14th Century. As reported by Xinhua News, unauthorized mining in the Hebei province is causing rapid deterioration of the Wall in the surrounding area.
The damaged portion of the Great Wall is located in a remote area near the county of Laiyuan in Hebei Province, about 200 kilometers southwest of Beijing. The area is home to a dozen small mines, with some operating as close as 100 meters to the centuries-old wall.
Villagers and local cultural heritage protection officials told Xinhua that about 700 meters of the wall, which was built during the reign of Emperor Wanli during the Ming Dynasty (1573-1620), had already collapsed, and more walls and even towers are likely to collapse if the mining continues unchecked.