BEIJING, January 3 -- A cluster of 12 royal tombs dating back more than 3,000 years was unearthed in northern China's Shanxi province, local archaeological authorities confirmed Thursday.
According to Bai Shuzhang, a leading researcher in the excavation team, the findings offer new keys to the investigation of the Yin capital of the Shang Dynasty, renowned for its great discovery of oracle bones. The team carried out an urgent excavation of the old complex in August 2017, given the tombs had suffered significant damage with four of its five major chambers looted. More than a hundred objects made of copper, ceramics; porcelain and jade were also unearthed in the tombs. The Shang dynasty ruled northern China for more than six centuries. They lived in a series of towns along the Huang He and had the capital in Anyang, a city with many palaces and temples, built mainly from carved wood. The Zhou dynasty replaced Shang in 1122 BC.
TOKYO, November 15 -- In most major cities, interacting with your neighbors is equal parts chance and choice. Maybe you’ll pass them from time to time in the hallway, but for the most part, city living is a highly-secluded endeavor if you want it to be.
That’s not the case at this new development in Mihama, Japan, which is built to encourage interaction between residents. The architects at Studio Velocity designed the building with ten detached units that straddle the line between apartment and house.
All of the units have a living room with glass doors that slide open onto a wooden deck facing a communal courtyard. The doors of one home are steps away from the deck of another, effectively blurring the lines between private and communal space. The arrangement, while certainly not for everyone, has been well-received by residents, the architects claim. On a recent visit, the designers observed their handiwork: “One woman was playing in the garden with a baby boy, the neighbor’s son. Two families, composed by two mothers and three elementary school children, gathered to have a late lunch together. One of them, asked by her mother, brought food she had cooked to another family next door.”