martes, 6 de agosto de 2013

My Archaeological Adventure!

Hoy cambiamos de idioma! Os voy a contar mi excursión en busca de una muralla de hace más de 2000 años, tal y como la conté para los deberes de Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets. El enunciado del ejercicio decía así:

Get on out there and participate in something related to archaeology near you. There are many options: go to a museum, visit an archaeological site or monument, attend a lecture, convene an archaeological discussion group (including ones that revolve around Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets!). Then report on what you have done, including:
1.    What did you do? Describe what you saw, heard, talked about, learned, etc.
2.    Why did you choose this activity?
3.    Did you enjoy it?
4.    Would you do it again? Will you?Why or why not?
5.    If possible, upload a picture of your experience.

Y esta es mi respuesta:

At first I intended to visit the local museum as I haven’t been there in a few years and I didn’t know about any archaeological site in the area. But a quick search on google revealed that 3 years ago archaeologists had found a cluster of tombs spanning 6 dynasties. (At this point I think I have to mention that I am located in Suzhou, China). I told my boyfriend and he was totally excited and started researching in Chinese websites. Finally we decided to go and see the remainings of an earth wall that was the border separating two territories in the Wu State (11 B.C. - 5 B.C.). For more info on the State of Wu please check Chinese archaeologists are not sure yet wheter the Wu capital was located in present day Suzhou, Wuxi or Changzhou.
Taking a map we found on the internet as a reference and with the help of Google Earth we located the area where the wall was supposed to be and drove there (about 30 km west of Suzhou). It is an area currently used as farming land. It was very sunny and like 35°C!
After stopping at a wrong place (which seemed to be in the right place according to the map and looked like an earth wall but turned out to be the side of a pond -_-") we arrived at one of the places where the wall should be. We walked over to the mounds where the trees are and we guessed maybe that was the wall, but weren't really sure. I was starting to believe we were in the wrong place, or that the wall had been completely destroyed.

We didn't want to give up just yet so we headed north to look for other parts of the wall. We arrived at a small village, parked and crossed through the village following a path (thanks, Google maps!). And there, in the middle of the fields, there was something! A small makeshift building looking like a temporary warehouse or something like that. We walked up to the front door but it was locked! So we peered through the window and this is what we saw:

There was the earthen wall! (well, or a small portion of it). There were pictures and texts hanging from the walls but too far to read, I assume they were explanations about the site. Just on that moment a local granny passed by on her way from the fields to the village and we asked her about the place. She confirmed it was an archaeological site but that it just opened for scheduled visits for scholars and government members. She also told us that the archaeologists had been digging around in more places nearby but didn't find anything (I guess she meant no artifacts were found).
We walked aroud the building and noticed that there were remainings of the wall outside:

So, I didn't really see much, and didn't learn much on the spot as there was no information I could read, but I did an extensive research when I arrived home!
I chose to go exploring and not to the museum because it was way more exciting! Even though I didn’t see much but I felt like a real archaeologist surveying the land! I will definitely do it again, next weekend we will go and see if we can find the tombs that I mentioned in the first parafraph (and with find I mean if they have not been buried again and a building built above them!). A friend has also told me about an abandoned Buddhist temple on top on a mountain close to where we saw the earth wall. Adventure, here I come!!

4 comentarios:

  1. Lo que me extraña es que no hayan plantado maíz o algo sobre los restos arqueológicos. ¡Cómo lo pasamos! eh, Marta?
    Ay, tía, hoy he empezado a trabajar otra vez y hasta a ir al gimnasio... Qué día tan duro.

  2. Ya sé, ya. Cuando empezó el cole muchos aires acondicionados del cole no funcionaban...
    No se puede trabajar aquí sin aire, os tenían que haber mandado a casa.

  3. Hablando de aventuras arqueológicas, mira qué bueno:

  4. Pues, no te creas que no me dieron envidia. Se levantan y al taller. Aunque todo parece idílico desde fuera, luego, allí en el puebloooo too el día, y que si hay que hacer souvenires replica de los azulejos de la escalinata que es lo que se vende...
    Por cierto, mi curso del Moma, con las ganas que tenía... será para el año que viene. No se puede todo, ahora preparando las clases, tan ocupada.