Tusi Heritage Sites Honored at Shanghai Archaeology Forum 2015

The Second Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) was unveiled in Shanghai on the morning of Dec. 14. The forum released the world’s 10 major field archaeological discoveries and 11 major archaeological research achievements from 2013 to 2015. Of which, the Archaeological Investigation and Discovery of Tusi Heritage Sites in Southwest China: Empire Expansion and its Dynamic Relation with Border Areas was honored as one of the major 10 filed archaeological discoveries.

The SAF awards for 2013-2015 were made by a review committee consisting of 38 leading scholars and specialists from 16 countries and regions.

China's Tusi heritage sites were included in the World Heritage List at the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in this July. The inscribed sites, located in mountainous areas, are Laosicheng of Yongshun County in Hunan Province, Tangya in Hubei Province and Hailongtun Fortress in Guizhou Province. Western Hunan’s Laosicheng site is the largest, oldest and best preserved Tusi city site in China, which fully reflects chieftain and the occurrence, development and vanishing of Tusi system.

The four-day forum was attended by archaeologists from dozens of countries and regions including Britain, America, South Africa, Egypt, Israel and Argentina as well as China’s research institutes and universities.

Founded in 2013, Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting the investigation, protection and utilization of the world’s archaeological resources and heritage. The biennial event is co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

Translator: Xiao Juan

Source: Hunan Official Web Portal