Han Dynasty village discovered in Sichuan

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"We figured out the distribution of the village through excavation. The residential area was located in the western and northern areas, while drainage connecting with the river was in the eastern and southern parts of the village," said Yang.

More objects, such as bowls, cups, pots, kettles, incense burners and inkstones between the Tang (618-907) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties were also found in nearby areas.

CHENGDU, July 26 (Xinhua) -- An ancient village site dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) has been found in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local archaeological authorities said Thursday.

Pits, ditches, remains of nine houses, a well, and river courses were discovered in the site, along with plenty of items including cooking utensils, kettles, urns, pots, tiles, and bronze coins.

The site, dubbed Qiaojinshangjie Site, is located around a college in Xinjin County of Chengdu City, capital of Sichuan.

"This used to be a relevant large residential community, about the size of a village," said Yang Yang, leader of an archaeological team from the cultural relics and archaeology institute of Chengdu.

Archaeologists say it is rare to see this kind of Han Dynasty village in the province.

"These findings are significant for the study of grassroots production and living, and the tribe's distribution and economy during the Han Dynasty," he added.