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10,000 ancient bamboo Documents ("Slips") unearthed in Hunan
XinBus News Agency ^ | Story Filed: Monday, July 01, 2002 2:49 AM EST | Editorial Staff

Posted on 07/01/2002 7:52:14 PM PDT by vannrox

10,000 ancient bamboo Documents ("Slips") unearthed in Hunan


Story Filed: Monday, July 01, 2002 2:49 AM EST

CHANGSHA, Jul 1, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- More than 10,000 bamboo slips dating from the Warring States period (BC.476-BC.221) have been unearthed from an historic site in central China's Hunan province.

Gao Chongwen, director of the archaeological institute of Beijing University, said the find was the largest of its kind and would offer more clues for archaeological research.

Chinese archaeologists discovered the slips in a 16-meter deep well in an ancient city which was located at Liye village, Longshan county in Hunan, in an area expected to be swamped in the construction of a hydropower station.

So far, the content of four of the slips has been deciphered. The first slip recorded a multiplication table, the second held the name of the ancient city, the third reflected the relationships of local ethnic groups and the fourth was engraved with historical data concerning the Qin Dynasty (BC.221-BC.207) which followed the Warring States period.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; beijing; changsha; china; discovery; document; economic; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; information; record; slip; unearthed; university; xinhua
This is great. I wonder what kinds of history and information will be extracted from the 10,000 documents!
1 posted on 07/01/2002 7:52:14 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
10,000 bamboo slips

Most of them read, "Medium starch, pick up tomorrow after 5".

2 posted on 07/01/2002 7:54:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: d4now
FYI
3 posted on 07/01/2002 7:54:49 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: vannrox
I wonder if any use the word "oriental"?
4 posted on 07/01/2002 7:55:23 PM PDT by keithtoo
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Most of them read, "Medium starch, pick up tomorrow after 5".

What you said.

5 posted on 07/01/2002 7:56:37 PM PDT by dighton
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Ancient Chinese secret, huh?
6 posted on 07/01/2002 8:06:21 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: vannrox
Yeah, but the first document deciphered stated: Kilroy was here!

But seriously, this is interesting. That's a great find. It would be very interesting to be able to see and read more about them.

7 posted on 07/01/2002 8:41:59 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Aw, that warrants the one liner of the day award. Good one.
8 posted on 07/01/2002 8:42:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: vannrox
Ancient Chinese copout: The panda ate my homework.
9 posted on 07/01/2002 8:55:35 PM PDT by Consort
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To: vannrox
Didn't the Emperor Qin order all historical documents from before his time to be destroyed? Maybe there's some lost history in there or something.
10 posted on 07/01/2002 8:58:24 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: dr_who
The first slip recorded a multiplication table, the second held the name of the ancient city, the third reflected the relationships of local ethnic groups and the fourth was engraved with historical data concerning the Qin Dynasty (BC.221-BC.207) which followed the Warring States period.

,,, looks like they knew the value of time capsules.

11 posted on 07/01/2002 9:03:06 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: vannrox; shaggy eel
Think shags on to something.

Why not dump 10,000 piece of info into a well if not for safe keeping. During Henry VIII's reign cobs of religous icons were buried.

The other hand it might have been a spring cleaning day.

Anyway, Vannrox, thank you for the post.
12 posted on 07/01/2002 9:57:36 PM PDT by lizma
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To: gov_bean_ counter
CHEEKY comment. . . but a bit funny.
13 posted on 07/01/2002 10:05:51 PM PDT by Quix
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To: vannrox
What is a slip?
14 posted on 07/01/2002 10:37:07 PM PDT by brat
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To: brat
Sorry about that. LOL I mean is it like papyrus or is it like a wood carving?
15 posted on 07/01/2002 10:38:40 PM PDT by brat
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To: vannrox
Number 5 reads:

No ticky, no laundlie!

16 posted on 07/01/2002 10:48:59 PM PDT by jws3sticks
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To: brat
My understanding is that the "slip" is a flat piece of split off bamboo, with Chinese characters written on the white split surface. There is a hole on one end to string the slips into a book.
17 posted on 07/02/2002 12:51:42 AM PDT by Iris7
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To: gov_bean_ counter

18 posted on 07/02/2002 5:34:23 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: blam
.
19 posted on 07/02/2002 5:37:44 AM PDT by JudyB1938
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To: JudyB1938
Thanks for the ping. (Finally got back home and finally got the phone line working again)
20 posted on 07/03/2002 12:32:25 PM PDT by blam
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To: vannrox
Too bad they're going to destroy the site. I mean, hydropower is ok, but couldn't they just build another nuke plant or something ....
21 posted on 07/03/2002 12:37:38 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: blam
I forgot you were leaving town. Have fun? What was wrong with the phone line?
23 posted on 07/04/2002 8:00:43 AM PDT by JudyB1938
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To: JudyB1938
"I forgot you were leaving town. Have fun? What was wrong with the phone line?"

Yup, had fun. Apparently while I was gone lightening struck the phone line and 'fried' the phones inside, the computer was messed up but okay. (back to normal here)

24 posted on 07/04/2002 8:19:14 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Blam:
You or the computer????

Have a nice 4th and the best to you and yours.

Semper Fi
Tommie

25 posted on 07/04/2002 8:31:14 AM PDT by Texican
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To: Texican
"You or the computer????"

LOL. The computer is fine, I'm still exhausted but I have acres of grass to cut now.

26 posted on 07/04/2002 8:37:27 AM PDT by blam
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To: *Gods, Graves, Glyphs; vannrox
Just adding this to the GGG homepage, not sending a general distribution.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on or off the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.

27 posted on 07/20/2004 10:18:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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