Dating bronze artifacts
Around 2,000 artifacts were unearthed at the excavation site Tongtiandong Cave (not to be confused with , the species of bird-like dinosaur that made the news in 2016 when paleontologists discovered the remains of one that appeared to have died from a literal case of being stuck in the mud).
This Paleolithic cave is the first ever recorded in Xinjiang province, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Archaeologists conducted a preliminary excavation in early 2016 before returning for several months in 2017 to make more thorough and detailed recordings.
The findings were recently published in the journal Previous research conducted in the cave had revealed stone tools and other archaeological artifacts that suggested human activity dating back to around 10,000 years ago, according to China News Service's English language site.
It has since launched an ambitious campaign to retrieve over 5,000 artifacts from museums in Europe and America.
China has appealed to Britain to return 23,000 artifacts taken from the country during its occupation while Greece is still demanding that the British Museum return its Elgin Marbles which was traded to the British during the Ottoman Empire.
century, Britain sought to wipe out the kingdom of Benin in what became known as the “punitive expedition.” When Oba Ovonramwen, then ruler of Benin, imposed customs duties on goods leaving the territory, Britain sent 1,200 soldiers to destroy the kingdom as a form of reparations for the colonial power.
Some of the looted goods primed to be given back to Nigeria include a bronze cockerel called “Okukor,” which is currently housed at Cambridge University.