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Posted on 07/21/2002 3:56:06 PM PDT by blam
Archaeologists find thousands of 2,000-year-old files
Chinese archaeologists have found thousands of official files from over 2,000 years ago.
The 20,000 ancient bamboo slips have details about the political, economic and cultural life of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
The information on the bamboo slips includes details about army food consumption and relations between different ethnic groups.
Xinhua says they were unearthed in southern China's Hunan province.
Experts are comparing the find to that of the Qin Dynasty terracotta soldiers and horses unearthed in Shaanxi province in the 1970s.
Researchers say only 2,000 bamboo slips were unearthed during the last century.
Guo Weimin, deputy director of the Hunan Provincial Archaeological Institute, said: "This is the first time that such a huge amount of bamboo slips recording history ranging from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25) has been found in China."
Story filed: 14:15 Sunday 21st July 2002
Guo Weimin, deputy director of the Hunan Provincial Archaeological Institute, said: "Upon closer exmanation it was discovered that these were actually ancient expired WorldCom warrants @ $50.00.".
Average Temperature: 1,250 - 1,750 mm; high precipitation on the seaward side of mountains; 40 percent of the rain falls from April to June
Physical Features: mountains and hills cover 80 percent of the province; a small plain surrounds Dongting Lake in the central north
Mountains: Wuling Mountains in the northwest; Xuefeng Mountains in the central west; Luoxiao Mountains in the east; Nanting Mountains in the south
Rivers: Xiangjiang, Yuanjiang, Zishui, Lishui Rivers and Yangtze River
Lakes: Dongting and Datong Lakes
KelnerYing went to the chair two thousand years ago.
Rumor has it that one of the bamboo shoots records a high financial official in one of the Emperor's favorite companies admitting that profits had been vastly overstated on most of the other bamboo shoots.
I've seen these guys, and they are really neat. Every face and uniform is different. Some of these soldiers are definitely not "Chinese" -- they look more like Turks.
This was the best part of my tour of China in 1983, and not too many people go there because is is off the beaten path and expensive. I highly recommend the ruins at Xian where the soldiers are being unearthed.
Guo Weimin, deputy director of the Hunan Provincial Archaeological Institute, said: "Upon closer exmanation it was discovered that these were actually 20,000 fortune cookie fortunes that all said 'That wasn't chicken!'".
I dunno, but maybe someone should research making hard drives out of bamboo.
Upon much closer examination, the slips were discovered to all say '8 tunics, no starch'.
Certified by the Han Der San accountants.
My sister went there, she was as awe struck as you. I've seen them in magazines and TV. Each is unique.
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