Archaeologists find thousands-year-old artifacts in cemetary dig

The China Post news staff

Archeologists recently found artifacts and pottery parts that are identified as belonging to the Niaosung culture (蔦松文化) (1400-550 BC) during an excavation near a public cemetery in Tainan City’s Jiali District (佳里區). The archeology team also found remains of pottery used by the Han people in the Chinese Qing Dynasty at a pond near the public cemetery. The experts said a further comparison of these latest findings with other previously-found artifacts is needed in order to determine their true value. According to Chu Cheng-yi (朱正宜), a research fellow with the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica, and the leader of the archeology team, Jiali District used to be a community populated by the indigenous Siraya (西拉雅) people.

The Siraya settled flat coastal plains in the southwest part of the island and corresponding sections of the east coast; the area that is identified today as Tainan City. It is, therefore, not uncommon to find Niaosung cultural relics within the city, Chu added. Chu and his team had also found a huge number of shells and pottery debris at the earthworks construction near the site. However, Chu noted that they have to first determine the origin of the earthworks. If the earth used in the earthworks is from the nearby area, his team will be able to draw the conclusion that the there could be a huge layer containing other Niaosung-era items beneath the public cemetery.