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Chinese bowyer upholds ancient tradition

Yang Fuxi, a crafter of traditional bows and arrows in Beijing, China, is the last of his countrymen to use the ancient methods. "I feel a responsibility towards history. A huge responsibility," he said in a Yahoo interview.

1500-year-old sword found in Taiwan

Archaeologists at the Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan, Taiwan, have discovered what they believe to be the country's oldest sword.

Mysterious rings puzzle archaeologists at the tomb of Chinese empress

Chinese archaeologists are confounded by a group 10 huge rings at the site of the tomb of the country's only empress, Wu Zetian. The rings, ranging from 30 to 40 meters in diameter, were discovered when aerial photos were taken.

Moon Festival

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Greetings and salutations unto the populace of An Tir from the Shire of Coeur du Val! We cordially invite you to join in our celebration of the harvest season as we honor the Moon in the traditions of our Khan and Khatun of the Summits. It is a time to reflect on the year and to see your loved ones in the shining moon. There will be wondrous foods of lands far to the East, beyond the rising sun. Classes will be held, so that all may be scholars of the arts. Location:
Shire of Coeur du Val (Corvallis, Oregon)

Today in the Middle Ages: September 28, 551 BCE

September 28, 551 BCE is the traditional date for the birthday of Confucius (K'ung-fu-tzu). Although not a medieval figure, Confucius exercised a profound influence over the subsequent development of Chinese culture in all periods.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 11, 868

The earliest known printed book was created on May 11, 868 in China. The text was the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, a classic work of meditative Buddhism which stresses the importance of avoiding extremes of attachment.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 5, 1260

On May 5, 1260, Kublai Khan was unanimously elected Khagan of the Mongol Empire.

Cultural Icons Among Most Endangered Wonders

Newsweek has listed three iconic medieval structures among the Seven Most Endangered Wonders of the World.

Chinese Claim to New World Discovery Met with Skepticism

Chinese lawyer Liu Gang recently revealed a map he claims proves China's claims to the discovery of America, but the announcement met with a cool reception from Chinese scholars.

Ming Dynasty Village Discovered

A 14th century, Ming Dynasty village has been discovered near Anshun City in China's Guizhou Province. The well-preserved ancient village was known as Baojiatun.

Were Roman Builders Influenced by Great Wall?

Visy Zsolt, a professor of Archaeology at the University of Pecs in Hungary, believes that the construction of the Roman Limes may have been influenced by the Great Wall of China.

7th Century Chinese Palace Discovered

Chinese archeologists are thrilled with the recent discovery of the grand gate of the Daming Palace, "the largest imperial architectural complex of the Tang Dynasty (618-907)". The Vermillion Phoenix Gate had five doorways, making it the largest palace gate in Chinese history.

National Geographic: Ancient Chinese Noodle Secret?

John Roach, reporting for National Geographic, writes that 4,000-year-old noodles, the oldest ever found, have been discovered in northwestern China. The well-preserved, thin noodles were buried in a bowl ten feet below ground.

New exhibit on Chinese art at the Met

"Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art" is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 8.

12th Century Chinese Painting Costs $247,000 to Display

Engineers from Beijing University were called upon to construct a special display case for one of China's most famous paintings: a 16+-foot-long silk masterpiece dating to the 12th century.

DNA Test May Show Romans Visited China

Researcher Xie Xiaodong is trying to prove that ancient Romans made it to Northwest China's Gansu Province by comparing DNA evidence to establish a genetic link.

13th Century Chinese Warship Discovered in Shandong

Chinese archaeologists are excited about the discovery of an ancient war ship from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The 20-meter-long ship was found in Dengzhou Harbor in Penglai in China's Shandong Province.

Third Century Fort Discovered in China

An ancient Chinese fort from the Kingdom of Wei has been discovered by archaeologists in China's eastern Anhui province.

New exhibit on 15th century Chinese art at the Met

"Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China" will be on display at the Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for Chinese Decorative Arts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through July 10.

Blogger Suggests that Marco Polo did not Reach China

In his blog, teacher and Asianist Jonathan Dresner discusses the myth of Marco Polo, whether or not he really made it to China, and where to go to get the facts.

New exhibit on Chinese ceramics at the Freer

"Black and White Chinese Ceramics from the 10th-14th Centuries" opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, on December 18, and will continue indefinitely.

New exhibit on medieval Chinese and Iraqi ceramics at the Sackler

"Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation" will be on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC, through April 24, 2005.

Khyim Lha Khang / Kalet Ordu

The Spirit Horde, also known in Tibetan as Khyim Lha Khang and in Mongolian as Kalet Ordu, is an SCA Household in the Kingdom of Trimaris whose members share a common interest in Mongol/Tibetan history and culture.

Kil Roy-Ho was Here!

Archaeologists studying a section of the Great Wall of China have discovered graffiti dating from the 16th century CE.

1421: The Year China Discovered America?

A documentary, airing on Wednesday, July 21, on PBS, examines Zheng He, a legendary Chinese admiral, and the spectacular Ming fleet of treasure junks he commanded in the early 15th century

Shipwrecked Ming china recovered

A huge haul of Ming porcelain has been recovered from a shipwrecked Portuguese ship in waters off the coast of Malaysia.