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8th-century royal flush toilet found in South Korea

An 8th-century toilet has been found in a palace dating to the Unified Silla Dynasty in eastern South Korea. Remains of what appears to be a flush toilet made during the Unified Silla Dynasty in the eighth century have been discovered in a secondary palace in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. The Gyeongju

9th-century Buddha statue found in South Korea

A gilt bronze statue of Buddha which dates back to the 9th century has been uncovered in South Korea. The gilt bronze statue, measuring over 50 centimeters in height, was discovered at a temple site in Yangyang, Gangwon Province, where a stone pagoda and other Buddhist relics had earlier been uncovered. “According

Human sacrifice found in ancient Korean tomb

The remains of a young man believed to have been sacrificed has been found in the tomb of a woman in Korea. Burying the dead with a human sacrifice was a common custom in ancient Korea. But in a peculiar case, Korean archaeologists have uncovered a 5th- to 6th-century tomb from Korea’s

Joseon Dynasty shipwreck found off Korean coast

The wreckage of a Joseon-era cargo ship has been found off the coast of South Korea's Mado Island. “A pilot excavation of the shipwreck site resulted in the discoveries of two buncheong-ware ceramics. It’s highly likely that the vessel is from the Joseon era,” the institute said in a press release. Buncheong

East Asia’s oldest farming site

Researchers working in South Korea have unearthed a neolithic farming site. Archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said Wednesday that the agency has found the remains of a farming field from the Neolithic period on South Korea's east coast. The site may be up to 5,600 years old. That's more than 2,000 years older

Lotus plant grown from 700-year-old seed

A Lotus plant has been grown from a 700-year-old seeds which dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty in Korea. The flower has been grown from one of the 10 lotus seeds discovered during an excavation of an ancient castle last year. Scientists at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral

Joseon Dynasty artifacts unearthed in Korea

A collection of historical treasures which date back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) have been unearthed in Seoul, Korea. Researchers have uncovered a handful of historical treasures next to the press building, many of which date back several hundred years to the time of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). This past June, Shin

The 7th century Korean envoy to Uzbekistan

A mural at the National Museum of Korea may be evidence of connections with Uzbekistan via the Silk Road. In the 7th century, the mural covered all four walls of a room in Afrasiab Palace in Samarkand, with each wall depicting a different scene. The western wall depicts what are believed