In 2020, the Hangzhou Institute of Archaeology conducted 182 projects, 16 of which were focused on excavation and 165 were on exploration. Over 2,150 archaeological objects were unearthed in the city last year.
Amongthediscoveries was the ancient Yijin City site which dates back to the Wuyue Kingdom (907-978) during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-979) period. The site was named one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Zhejiang in 2020.
The discovery of the ancient city is also expected to be among the nation's top 10 archaeological discoveries in 2020.
Some major archaeological projects conducted in Hangzhou are as follows:
The remains of the Ancient City of Xindeng in Fuyang district
An aerial view of the excavation site of the Ancient City of Xindeng in Fuyang district, Hangzhou. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]
The Ancient City of Xindeng has a history of nearly 1,000 years. More than 80 percent of the city walls have been well preserved. This site boasts the most well-preserved ancient city walls in Zhejiang province.
According to Li Kun, an archaeologist in Hangzhou, most of the existing city walls of the Ancient City of Xindeng were remains of those dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The remains of the Ao Gan No 2 Kiln of the ancient Tianmu Kiln Sites in Lin'an county
The remains of the Ao Gan No 2 Kiln of the ancient Tianmu Kiln Sites in Lin’an county, Hangzhou. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]
The Ao Gan No 2 Kiln is a representative sample of kiln remains that dates back to the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties.
The remains of Tiaotou in Yuhang district
An aerial view of the remains of Tiaotou in Yuhang district, Hangzhou. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]
The remains of Tiaotou are situated in today's Tiaotou village in Yuhang district, Hangzhou. The ancient community dates back to the Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) and the Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256 BC).
More than 120 stone-made tools were unearthed at the historical site.
The remains of Zhujiaqiao in Xiaoshan district
Ceramic pieces are pictured at the archaeological site in Zhujiaqiao in Xiaoshan district. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]
The remains of Zhujiaqiao were discovered in the Zhujiaqiao community, Xiaoshan district. A small tribe once lived here during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960) period and the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Items like bowls and ceramics were unearth at this site.
The ancient cemetery unearthed in Zhongqiao village, Yuhang district
An aerial view of the ancient tombs unearthed in Zhongqiao village, Yuhang district. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]
An ancient cemetery was unearthed in Zhongqiao village, Yuhang district in 2020. Seventy-five ancient tombs were unearthed, 29 of which were tombs from the Han Dynasty HanDynasty(206 BC-AD 220). Many funerary objects, including ceramic wares, were unearthed.