The New Discovery in Southern China

By: Alexa

The Formation of the Source

It is a hot and humid day in Southern China, the entire town I stand in is in rubble. The rubble is piles of stones in house shapes and is probably hundreds of years old. A bright red sunburn is inching up my neck, there is no wind to be found. The town was probably beautiful once, the mountains and skies around it were the most magnificent sight every morning. I am looking for artifacts from this town of rubble left behind 100's of years before, the Shumway Archaeological Agency has been looking for artifacts from abandoned towns to show at the opening of the Shumway Archaeological Museum in Orlando, Florida. We know about this town because one of my coworkers went on a trip to China last summer and tried to drive from the airport to Hong Kong, and in the middle of the drive he found an abandoned town. We immediately started planning for a trip there to look for artifacts. I was walking around the rubble when I saw an extremely uneven piece of ground and a hint of something other than dirt or stone. I had finally found something.

Excavation

I saw a hint of wood in the stone rubble, the sun still raging, but now we had found something. Everyone wasn’t as worried about the raging sun as they had been before. We are removing the source by digging a hole around the source with big shovels. Then we used smaller shovels to try to figure out how big it would be, Erik, my co-worker and cousin, shoveled just enough to find a Chinese design in the dirt. The perimeter around the object then started to be shoveled up until we found the shape of the object. My entire twenty person crew then started to take the source out and then I dusted it off. It was a non-written source, an artifact, it looked like some sort of small object. It had no words or symbol of an emperor to help us determine the age of it, so we would have to do some more research to date it.

Dating the Source

The stunning artifact was beautiful, amazing but could be from any time period, there was no writing or particular symbol that would tell us when it was made, there also wasn’t enough wood to use dendrochronology dating. We would have to you use relative dating to date it. I looked at other artifacts I had found, and determined that it was before 50 B.C.E, but I still can’t figure out anything closer than that. A week later, a ringing noise was come from my cellphone, I had received a call. I pick up the phone and talk to my cousin Sophie who just found an artifact 500 miles away from here. The artifact had very similar designs and said "Long Live King Nan" in Chinese. We can now infer that the artifact is from somewhere between 314 B.C.E to 256 B.C.E. Now we have found out an estimate of the age of the object but what could it be.

Interpreting the Evidence

The artifact is glistening in the sunshine useless, wanting a job in the world. What could this object have done before that was useful? This source is a non-written source, an artifact, so this was probably a piece of furniture in someone’s house. I think it was probably used as a small table or a bench because has the same sort of structure a table or bench would have. There is a design in the object so I think it was made for someone to see, not hide. It was probably buried in the ground because it was invaded and it didn’t want the enemy to get it. The entire city is in rubble but not a single dead body is to be found. I assume the villagers left before the invaders came in and for some reason they decided the artifact was to special for the enemy to have, we may never know the exact reason. Overall, it was a good find and a perfect artifact to put in the new museum opening up in December. Can’t wait for my next find!