Works on cultural relics recognized in national works related to cultural relics

Seventy-nine outstanding people involved in cultural relics, including archaeologists, museum workers and curators, and 49 organizations and academies received awards at the national cultural relics work conference in Beijing on Friday.

The past decade has witnessed a flourishing period of cultural relics protection in China, and the government will continue to exert more effort and provide more support to the sector, according to the conference.

The sector was also urged to “better explore the values ​​of cultural relics and make them ‘alive’,” according to the country’s new guiding principle for cultural relics work, which was discussed by Committee member Wang Huning. member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, during the conference.

Wang also stressed the importance of further studying and explaining Chinese civilization as well as cross-border communication in this field to increase global recognition of Chinese culture.

“The security of cultural relics is a red line that we cannot cross,” Hu Heping, minister of culture and tourism, said at the conference. “Protecting them is like protecting our own life.”

Hu said challenges still exist amid China’s rapid urbanization, although security conditions for cultural relics in the country have improved significantly over the past decade.

Since 2012, about 8,800 archaeological excavations have been launched across the country, and the number of museums in China has increased by 60%. Eight other cultural heritage sites across the country have been granted World Heritage status, more than 200 local rules and regulations regarding cultural relics have been enacted, and more than 1,800 Chinese cultural relics lost overseas have been repatriated.

The ongoing national program tracing the origins of Chinese civilization among archaeological sites dating from around 5,500 to 3,500 years ago has also helped people better understand the country’s cultural roots.

“For people who work for cultural relics, this is the best time,” Yang Jianwu, director of the Zhejiang Provincial Cultural Heritage Administration, said at the conference. “But we also feel pressure due to the higher expectations of people. We must always maintain homage, respect and a loving heart towards the relics.

Sun Qingwei, an archaeologist and vice-president of Peking University, said greater importance should be given to strengthening academic expertise in the study and preservation of cultural relics to make the Chinese voice better heard. in the world.

“We need to cultivate more talents in the management of cultural relics and other interdisciplinary professionals,” added Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum in Beijing.

(ANN/China Daily)

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