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Han Dynasty bamboo and wooden slips in Juyan area

Updated: Aug 31, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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The Han Dynasty slips collected in the Ejine Banner Museum of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region [Photo provided to govt.chinadaily.com.cn]

Did you know that more than 30,000 Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) bamboo and wooden slips have been uncovered in Northwest China over the past century?

The Juyan slips, named after the location where they were discovered, are now kept in different places of China: Taiwan (the 1930s batch), the Gansu Provincial Museum in Gansu province (the 1970s batch), and the Ejine Banner Museum in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region (more recent archaeological excavations).

The toponym "Juyan" comes from the ancient Xiongnu language and refers to the downstream region of the Heihe River in today’s Ejine Banner of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

These slips enjoy a high reputation for their great number (the highest in the world) as well as high academic and historical value as they edifyingly record the culture and society of that time.

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