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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, June 07, 2004

2,500 Year Old Blast Blower Found

Xinjiang  Uygur China map Archaeologists claim that as early as 2,500 years ago people living in the current northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region had begun to use blast blowers, as they discovered a bronze blowpipe in the Yanghai Tombs in Turpan.

'The function of the blowpipe is much like that of the blast blowers which people are using now,' said Lu Enguo, a research member with the Xinjiang archaeological research institute. (ed Note; Used in the moulding of bronze)

'Although we discovered bronze blowpipes several years ago in Kuqa County and the northern part of Xinjiang, they were all made in the Han (206 B.C.-220) and the Tang (618-907) dynasties,' said Lu."


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