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Museum to make splash

A NEW museum that is partly underwater and will house artifacts of Shanghai's earliest residents will be complete by June next year, a senior engineer said yesterday.

The complex will be built on the Guangfulin archeological site in Songjiang District, where Shanghai's earliest residents lived in the Neolithic period (8,000-2,000 BC).

Visitors will be able to see the archeological site for the first time since it was discovered in 1958.

Museum halls will be immersed in an artificial lake, with only their roofs emerging above the waterline. More than 2,000 square meters of solar panels will help provide electricity.

Inside, the halls will be dry and visitors can walk around.

"The underwater design suggests the ancient civilization has emerged from the 'river of history,'" said Chen Chao of Songjiang Newcity Construction Co Ltd.

Unearthed pottery containers, stone ploughs and kilns will be displayed in the 80,000-square-meter complex, vividly evoking the lifestyle of the ancient Guangfulin residents, Chen added.

Multimedia presentations will show the development of the Guangfulin area through history and a performance and convention center will also be housed in the museum.

A restored ancient town featuring Ming and Qing dynasties' houses is being built beside the museum site. It will include Ming and Qing furniture and showcase the recent history of Guangfulin village.

The site was first discovered in 1958 by local farmers working on irrigation projects.


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