Chinese-Indian joint archaeological team discovers Chinese cultural relics in India


Recently, a Chinese team with the Palace Museum and an Indian team with Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR), jointly working at the Kollam Port Site in India, discovered ancient Chinese porcelain and coins, reported the Paper, a news outlet from Shanghai.

Kollam Port, located in Southwest India, is the second largest port in Karela, next to Cochin Port. Since February, 2014, a vast amount of ancient relics of many kinds have been discovered in the area, drawing much attention, especially from KCHR.

So far, over 10,000 ancient pottery fragments and over 1,000 ancient metallic objects have been discovered at the Kollam dig site, including locally produced Indian red-sand-pottery, stained glass from the Mediterranean, copper coins and peacock blue pottery from Islamic areas, and Chinese pottery and coins.

The Chinese pottery that's been found has been identified as coming from several different provinces, including Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Fujian, and ranging from the 8th century to the 14th century.

Based on research by Indian historians and the "History of the Song Dynasty" (the official history of ancient China's Song Dynasty), Kollam Port was built during the Chola Dynasty of ancient India in the mid-9th century. All of the historical findings at Kollam Port are significant to the studies of relations between ancient China and ancient India.

The Palace Museum of China and KCHR of India have been conducting collaborative projects since 2013. In October, 2016, KCHR was invited to the Palace Museum in Beijing and Jingdezhen, known as the "Porcelain Capital" in Jiangxi Province, for field expeditions and training, with academic and communicative purposes.

For 2017, a new joint team will be formed by KCHR, University of Kerela and The Palace Museum of China, to further explore Kollam Port Site.

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