””””ZHENGZHOU, Nov. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences (CASS) and Henan Province have launched a joint project to trace
the roots of Chinese civilization.
””””The project, dubbed "Chinese Civilization's Root-Searching Project", is a
collaborative effort between the CASS Institute of Archeology and the Provincial
Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology.
””””Chinese scientists have already developed an academic program with the
objective of determining the dates of the three earliest Chinese dynasties,
namely, the Xia, Shang and Zhou, which date back to about 2100 B.C..
””””There is also a great deal of interest in learning more about the earlier
"Huaxia" period, during the reign of Yandi and Huangdi,two legendary ancestral
kings who are believed to have lived around 3,100 B.C..
””””Four spots, three in Henan Province, in central China, and one in northern
Shanxi Province, in the north, have been selected as pilot sites for the