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Trove of relics found

A TOTAL of 126 sites of ancient cultural relics, including ruins, residential buildings, post offices and docks, have been discovered in Qingpu District during the third national survey on cultural heritage.

"The survey is full of surprises," said Zhang Lihua, the leader of the survey team. "Among the discoveries, the most valuable one is the Fuquan Hill Ancient Relic."

Zhang said the team began an investigation of a village near Fuquan Hill in Chonggu Town early last year.

The investigation turned out to be a stunning turning point, as the workers managed to uncover a 7.4-meter-high man-made hill.

The hill covers almost 10,000 square meters and contains a tomb belonging to an ancient noble family 4,000 years ago.

Many ancient articles such as jade and pottery have been found in the tomb, and are now preserved by the national museum.

Zhang said the team had started to look for cultural relics over the whole 680 square kilometers of Qingpu District in July 2008.

The team is now collecting data from its investigations and will release a report listing all the cultural relics in the district by the end of the year.


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