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Archaeologists Find Thousands Of 2,000-Year-Old Files
Ananova ^ | 7-21-2002

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 000; 2; archaeologists; archaeology; files; find; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history

1 posted on 07/21/2002 3:56:06 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam; Howlin
I'll go first. They belonged to the Hildabeast - and they were found in the map room...
2 posted on 07/21/2002 4:01:21 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: blam
My Turn...

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.".

3 posted on 07/21/2002 4:05:39 PM PDT by TightSqueeze
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To: blam; Howlin
Tomorrow's news will show that they found the missing FBI files and Rose lawfirm's billing records underneath the old files.
4 posted on 07/21/2002 4:08:21 PM PDT by GaltMeister
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To: blam
How would bamboo slips survive 2,000 years? I don't think Hunan has anything like a desert climate, does it?
5 posted on 07/21/2002 4:09:16 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: Libloather
Not so outlandish a parallel. The Chin dynasty was about as close as China got to being a totalitarian state, before Mao. Of course, that may be the reason why these documents have survived. The Chin dynasty had a notably short life. Until now, the best documented government in world history has probably been Nazi Germany, since it ended prematurely and its documents fell into the hands of its enemies.
6 posted on 07/21/2002 4:12:20 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Climatic Features: subtropical, humid, monsoon climate; short winters with low temperatures in the south and the northwestern mountains; frequent rainstorms between spring and summer; droughts from summer to autumn

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

7 posted on 07/21/2002 4:21:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: Libloather
Back when it was called the Papyrus Law Firm?
8 posted on 07/21/2002 4:29:23 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Libloather
Hmmmmmm.....maybe that mummy, who got Bubba so horny, was her secretary.
9 posted on 07/21/2002 4:30:14 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: blam
"Hey! The missing evidence in the KelnerYing case! He really was innocent!

"Frank, KelnerYing went to the chair two thousand years ago.

"Well, uh......"

10 posted on 07/21/2002 4:38:09 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: blam
Government bureaucracy being what it is, I'll bet they find copies of these in some government bureau in Peking.
11 posted on 07/21/2002 4:42:46 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: TightSqueeze
My turn.

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.

12 posted on 07/21/2002 5:14:04 PM PDT by john in missouri
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To: blam
Experts are comparing the find to that of the Qin Dynasty terracotta soldiers and horses unearthed in Shaanxi province in the 1970s.

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.

13 posted on 07/21/2002 5:15:04 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: TightSqueeze
My Turn...

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!'".

14 posted on 07/21/2002 5:20:35 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: aristeides
How would bamboo slips survive 2,000 years?

I dunno, but maybe someone should research making hard drives out of bamboo.

15 posted on 07/21/2002 5:29:54 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: ChadGore
My turn,

Upon much closer examination, the slips were discovered to all say '8 tunics, no starch'.

16 posted on 07/21/2002 5:31:23 PM PDT by TC Rider
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To: TC Rider
no tickee no washee
17 posted on 07/21/2002 5:34:32 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: TightSqueeze
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.".

Certified by the Han Der San accountants.

18 posted on 07/21/2002 5:42:46 PM PDT by wattsmag2
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To: aristeides
How would bamboo slips survive 2,000 years? I don't think Hunan has anything like a desert climate, does it?

If chitin with original pigmentation can survive for millions of years, there wouldn't be any problem with bamboo. Besides, there's lots of stuff from all around the world that has survived 2000 years.
19 posted on 07/21/2002 5:48:35 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"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."

My sister went there, she was as awe struck as you. I've seen them in magazines and TV. Each is unique.

20 posted on 07/21/2002 6:08:00 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
My sister went there, she was as awe struck as you.

I grew up in California and knew many Chinese Americans in school and after. I swear that I recognized some of them in those ancient statues. And of course the Aucasians among them were a surprise too. Fascinating.

21 posted on 07/21/2002 6:16:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: blam
Aucasians = Caucasians! Sheeesh!
22 posted on 07/21/2002 6:17:09 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Re: Your trip to Sian: Was it an auspicious aucasian?
23 posted on 07/21/2002 6:20:01 PM PDT by Naked Lunch
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To: blam
What a find! I'm sure Chinese archaelogy has its best days ahead...
24 posted on 07/21/2002 6:21:53 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"And of course the Caucasians among them were a surprise too. Fascinating."

Yup. Probably related to this guy.

Cherchen Man

25 posted on 07/21/2002 6:36:12 PM PDT by blam
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To: stands2reason
"What a find! I'm sure Chinese archaelogy has its best days ahead..."

Yup. Expect history changing discoveries.

26 posted on 07/21/2002 6:38:11 PM PDT by blam
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To: aristeides
I don't know if it's still in the rotation, but a good movie "The Emperor and the Assassin" was recently being show on Starz. It's about the start of the Chin Dynasty.
27 posted on 07/21/2002 10:13:18 PM PDT by Kermit
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To: blam

28 posted on 07/21/2002 10:21:28 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Naked Lunch
Re: Your trip to Sian: Was it an auspicious aucasian?

That it was! LOL

29 posted on 07/22/2002 9:35:50 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: blam
Average Temperature: 1,250 - 1,750 mm

What is that? If it's the length of a column of mercury versus temperature, that's quite a large temperature swing given the coefficient of thermal expansion.

30 posted on 07/22/2002 9:42:34 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: blam
Yup. Probably related to this guy.

Oh, how I would love to see those mummies and the fabrics found with them. And I'd like a pair of fringed white deerskin boots and a red dress myself! It is fascinating to ponder a civilization so well developed that existed so much earlier than we usually think. Most of us think that everything worth knowing was thought of in the last 50 years. How wrong we are. Thanks for the link.

31 posted on 07/22/2002 9:44:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: RightWhale
"What is that? If it's the length of a column of mercury versus temperature, that's quite a large temperature swing given the coefficient of thermal expansion."

I actually saw that before I posted it but, I said, "what the Hell." (And then posted it, lol)

32 posted on 07/22/2002 10:58:07 AM PDT by blam
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