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CASS’s top archaeological discoveries of 2009

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has announced China’s six top archaeological discoveries of 2009, including the ruins of ancient paper-making workshops and the tomb of legendary Chinese general Cao Cao.

“The discovery is significant,” said Su Rongyu, a researcher at the Institute for History of Natural Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Because few relics of paper-making workshops had been uncovered before.”

He also said the workshop ruins, where workers used to make paper from bamboo, were the earliest ones found in the country.

Paper, along with gunpowder, compass and movable type system are widely regarded as the four great inventions of ancient China. Paper-making in China was dated back to 150 A.D.

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