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Women make their mark in archaeological field

Updated: 2024-03-16 10:05 ( China Daily )
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Wang Xiaojuan restores a colored rider and horse artifact. 

"Like modern people, our ancestors also used to dance and entertain themselves," she says, adding that archaeology and research is like reading a book.

Established in 2020, the team has 17 members, of which 11 are women with an average age of less than 30. The team has worked on excavations in more than 40 archaeological projects.

One of its members, 26-year-old Guo Jie, has mastered the skill of identifying gender and estimating the approximate age at death through human remains. She says anthropological research has opened a new world for her. "Through the comprehensive study of human bones, we can explore health and disease, genetic relationships, and the social customs of ancient people."

Guo adds that despite the demanding nature of fieldwork and the relative lack of recreational activities, the endeavor is fulfilling as it contributes to filling in historical details.

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