Saturday, March 10, 2007

Beijing has spared a Taoist temple

Beijing has spared a Taoist temple on the grounds of the 2008 Games. Many other Chinese treasures have not been so lucky.
( Miranda Mimi Kuo for The NYT )

"The Olympics site seems to be an example of how China's antiquities protection system should work. Construction supervisors and archaeologists have collaborated for four years, conducting excavations and restoring three Taoist temples, including one near the National Stadium, the main Olympic venue...

But elsewhere in China, archaeologists are often in a losing race against bulldozers. In late January, a work crew in the ancient capital city of Nanjing unearthed and destroyed the burial sites of 10 noblemen from six dynasties. By the time a team of local archaeologists arrived, bulldozers had crushed the burial crypts and looters had combed through the site.