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Excavation to reveal ancient N China capital

By Source: Xinhua Published:2013-07-24

SHIJIAZHUANG, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists have started a three-month excavation project in north China's Hebei Province, where they expect to discover an ancient state capital dating back more than 3,000 years.

The excavation project is taking place in the village of Caijiafen. The State Administration of Cultural Heritage approved the excavation in April.

Archaeologists and historians believe the area to be excavated served as the capital of the Guzhu state, a vassal state of the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC to 1046 BC), according to Xie Fei, an expert from the Hebei Provincial Cultural Heritage Bureau.

The excavation will help to unveil the history and culture of the ancient state, Xie said.

About 30 archaeologists from Renmin University and the Hebei Provincial Cultural Heritage Bureau are participating in the excavation.