The Kele Site


The Kele Site

by Live in Guizhou

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The Kele Site is on the hills and slopes on both sides of the Kele River in Kele Township, Hezhang County, Guizhou Province. Guizhou has explored the site ten times since it was discovered and began a systematic exploration in 2000, discovering 108 tombs and unearthing 547 relics.

There are two types of sites and tombs in the Han Dynasty and the local minority (i.e., Yelang) sites and tombs in the Warring States Period. The city site of the Han Dynasty, located on the south bank of the Kele River, has a “pig heart-shaped” plane, an area of about 60,000-70,000 square meters, and is surrounded by a rammed earth city wall.

Numerous spears, coins, patterned bricks, other building materials, pottery, copper, iron, and other production and daily necessities were unearthed in the city. Stone tools, bronzes, and ceramics have been unearthed from the Yelang Cultural Site. Han tombs are generally large in scale, with a small amount of gold, silver, jade, and other ornaments, as well as copper, iron, pottery, and other objects.

So far, Guizhou has sent more than 40 archeologists and completed the exploration of 980,000 square meters. The investigation uses drones and real-time kinematic measurements to reduce the influence on local farm work, improving information collection efficiency, data quality, and management.