Chinese archaeologists rushing to save salt pans in Hainan

Chinese archaeologists are trying to save two Tang Dynasty salt pans in Hainan Island.

Chinese island rushes to save 1,000-year-old salt pans
Xinhua, via Shanghai Daily, 27 Aug 2012

The southernmost island province of Hainan is rushing to save two large ancient sea salt pans that could date back over 1,000 years, the Hainan Provincial Museum said Monday.

The two salt pans, located in two villages of Lingao County with a combined area of 1,700 mu (113 hectares), were originally constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), said an archaeologist with the museum.

Both salt pans have sustained serious damage, as one was deserted in the 1970s and only small portions of the other remain in use, said the archaeologist.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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