Monday, April 25, 2011

Unknown Kingdom Discovered in China?

Hmmmm - as per usual there is little to NO information provided in the press report.  What is this?  Reported, interestingly enough, in The Times of India:

Unknown ancient kingdom found in China
IANS, Apr 24, 2011, 09.09am IST

BEIJING: An unknown kingdom dating back to 1046 B.C. has been unearthed in north China, archaeologists said.

The kingdom is probably from the Xizhou dynasty (1046 to 771 B.C.), Xinhua reported.

Engraving on bronze wares found in tombs in Shanxi province's Linfen city indicate that the region was reigned by Ba Bo, or Count of the Ba kingdom, the archaeologists said.
Soooooo, if I understand this correctly, it's not actually an "unknown" kingdom (it cannot be "unkown" if it's part of a known dynasty), but it may be an heretofore unknown ruler - Ba Bo.

More information:

China claims to have discovered unknown kingdom in North
Posted on: 25 Apr 2011, 12:11 PM

Photo image from the article.  Warning: I don't know if this is real, as it did
not bear any caption.  It could be an image from someone else's impressive tomb.
I'm impressed by the "inverted pyramid" construction.  Fascinating.
 Beijing: China has unearthed evidences pointing towards an unknown kingdom of Xizhou dynasty dating back to 1046 to 771 B.C. from newly found tombs in the country's northern Shanxi province.

Epigraph on bronze wares from the tombs indicated the region was reigned by Ba Bo, or Count of Ba Kingdom, archaeologists who excavated the Dahekou Tomb in Shanxi's Linfen City said.

But Ba Kingdom had never been seen in any historical record before, according to reports.

"The tombs gave us a chance to see the Ba Kingdom that had been forgotten by history. It also sheds light on Xizhou dynasty's feudal system, technology and use of hardware as well as exchanges and integration of different ethnic groups of that time," said Wang Wei, head of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

"Records of the kingdom might have been lost in the long history. It is also possible that Ba was among a cluster of small kingdoms and was neglected by ancient historians," said Xie Yaoting, deputy head of Shanxi Institute of Archaeology.

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