Weekly snapshot of China's archaeological news

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BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's archaeological news from the past week:

-- Exhibition shows evolution of ancient Chinese costume

The National Museum of China has opened its first exhibition on the general history of Chinese costume, taking visitors on a journey through the evolution of ancient Chinese costume over thousands of years.

On display are about 130 pieces or sets of cultural relics, including jade, stone and bone artifacts, figurines, clothing, gold and silver accessories, painting and calligraphy works.

-- China retrieves Buddha-head sculpture missing for a century

A stone Buddha head stolen from one of the statues in north China's Tianlongshan Grottoes almost a century ago has been retrieved, the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) said Thursday.

The Buddha head, which was brought back from Japan on Dec. 12, is the 100th relic retrieved by China from overseas in 2020, according to the NCHA.

The NCHA first identified the Buddha head in September 2020 when the sculpture resurfaced at a Japanese auction house. The house cancelled the auction after the NCHA contacted it and requested that the sale be halted.

-- 1,000-year-old salt-making relic unearthed in N. China

Chinese archaeologists have excavated a fully functional salt-cooking workshop relic dating back more than 1,000 years in the northern Hebei Province.

The newly excavated site in Yang'erzhuang Township, in the city of Huanghua, covers an area of 460 square meters. The relics include two brine wells, two salt stoves, four brine ditches and relics of pottery, porcelain, bone, stone, iron and wood.

In contrast to previously excavated sites, most of the newly found relics, believed to have been used in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), were quite exquisite, said Zhang Baogang, curator of the Huanghua Museum. Enditem

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