Archaeologists find iron smelting waste dump in central China

Updated 2018-04-17 15:33:58 Xinhua

Chinese archaeologists have found an iron smelting waste dump dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.) in Queshan County, central China's Henan Province.

"The dump is a deep ditch, specially renovated to store the waste produced during iron smelting processes," said Zhou Runshan, leader of the excavation team.

Archaeologists have excavated a large number of objects from the waste pile, which is up to 6 meters deep, such as iron chunks, slabs, pottery moulds, slag and other residue.

The dump adjoins an ironworks ruin. Based on the pottery moulds found in the dump, archaeologists believe that the major task of the ruin was manufacturing tools.

The Han Dynasty had a booming iron smelting industry, with hundreds of ironworks ruins from the dynasty being found across China. They were usually built in two places: near a town o ran iron mine.

"This ironworks ruin was outside a town. Perhaps our ancestors had advanced city planning thoughts, trying to reduce the impact of industrial pollution on our towns," Zhou said.

As excavation work advances, Zhou said that they would find more information to better understand the ironworks ruin and its layout, the source of iron ore, the production line, labor division and iron smelting skills.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58October 21 2018 16:15:15

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16October 21 2018 16:15:15

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18October 21 2018 16:15:15

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords