Thermoluminescence dating artifact exchange links

There is something that stirs the soul about this race against time to save the memory of the ancient peoples of Three Gorges.

Many advanced techniques have been applied in the huge project to rescue their cultural relics.

Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and dubbed the world’s most complex wooden structure, it is being encircled by a protective dyke to hold back the rising waters.

Archaeological discoveries in recent years have shown for the fist time that the Three Gorges area should be recognized as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.

It is being moved brick by brick to a new higher site.

Another prime example is Shibao Village on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Zhong County.

They have actually been working day and night at some 120 of the sites.

They have taken on the Herculean task of covering a tract of land more than 660 Km long soon to disappear below the waters of the reservoir.

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Recent work has also revealed more than 80 settlement sites with origins around 5,000 years ago together with early Neolithic remains dating back 7,000 years or so in areas of the Ba and Shu peoples.Most of the archaeological work at important historical sites situated below the 135-meter waterline has already been completed.An area of some 5 million square meters has been investigated and of this more than 1 million square meters have been excavated.Back in June 2000, the State Council's, Three Gorges Project Construction Committee approved a massive rescue operation to save the important archaeological sites below the 135 meter mark.The committee allocated a full 1 billion yuan (about US5 million) to fund the Three Gorges Relics Rescue Program.

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