On November 8th, teachers from the Department of Chinese History and Archaeology and Museology of the School of History and Culture, visited the ancient city site in Huai County in Wuzhi County of Jiaozuo City. The teachers observed the archaeological excavating practice of the juniors (students enrolled in 2018) of this major and exchanged views on this topic. It is of great importance to party building, and the team was led by Qi Chenyun, Deputy Dean of the School of History and Culture.
Teachers first came to the No.1 excavation area of Huai County. Liu Zhongwei, the teacher leading the internship team, introduced to the visiting teachers in detail the historical evolution, the discovery process, the ancient city wall, the gate, the flood-control dam in the north and some valuable relics of the site in Huai County. Aside from that, he gave account of the formation process of stratigraphic deposits in the excavation area, as well as the method of identifying important relics such as buildings and roads. Teachers from the Department of Archaeology and Museology gave professional guidance to students in this area. Meanwhile, teachers from the Department of Chinese History showed strong interest in archaeology excavations. Also, they praised the students for their rigorous learning attitude and hard-working spirit. Large areas of bricks and tiles of Han Dynasty were discovered in No. 1 excavation area, which were well preserved. Teachers went into the excavation unit, and formed a heated discussion about the formation and causes of different quality and color of the soil on the excavations.
The No. 2 excavation area is located near the southwest gate of the site. The main purpose of it was to study the time of the wall's construction, the process of its use, the abandoned age and the structure of the gate. So far, roads and ruts built in Qing Dynasty with other relics that have been discovered, have provided important clues to determine the location of the city gate. Liu Zhongwei explained to the teachers the working method of "combining cross-section drawn, layer by layer from ancient to early" and the method of extracting important relics as a whole. Teachers of Chinese History and Archaeology had friendly exchanges ideas on different subjects, works and research methods, the distinctions and ways of cooperation. At last, they agreed that the communication and cooperation between different majors would play a crucial role in promoting the development of history under the new liberal arts construction concept.
Qi Chenyun, Deputy Dean, gave positive assessment of the students' practice of archaeology. He required them to maintain a fine conduct, work hard to learn professional skills, combine practice and theory. He also hoped that they could gain more knowledge here.
The students said that they would certainly live up to the expectations of the teachers, complete the tasks with both quality and quantity, improve their field archaeology skills, thus to lay a solid foundation for their future study and work, and to contribute to the construction of archaeology with Chinese characteristics, Chinese style and Chinese manner.