The year 2016 is coming to an end, and this year witnessed several major archaeological discoveries that impressed us. We have selected the 10 most important archaeological discoveries for you. The official list of "China's top 10 archaeological finds of 2016" will be announced several months into 2017, so please see then how many lucky guesses we made.
Here are the China's top 10 archaeological discoveries in 2016, based on news coverage:
An aerial photograph offers a bird's eye view of the No. 2 architectural complex ruin in Jinyang ancient city, Shanxi province. [Photo by Zheng Yuan/For China Daily]
Jinyang Palace of the Sui Dynasty found in Shanxi
Archaeologists working at Jinyang ancient city in Shanxi province believe they've found the site of the Jinyang Palace, which dates from the Sui Dynasty (581-618).
The identification is a major breakthrough, made after over 20 experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and National Museum of China investigated the No. 2 architectural complex ruin in Jinyang ancient city and its unearthed relics.
The ruin was initially identified as a large base from the late Tang period (618-907). Materials found from dilapidated stone tablets convinced the experts that the site was formerly the location of the Jinyang Palace.