OPENING CELEBRATION: Entry is free this weekend, and hundreds of artifacts are to be on display, including a jade necklace that is about 2,100 to 2,800 years old
Date: Oct 20, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The National Museum of Prehistory’s (NMP) Tainan branch officially opened yesterday after a nine-month soft opening, with hundreds of artifacts, including some dating back 5,000 years, on display.
Named the Museum of Archaeology, the branch is built on 2.44 hectares of land in the city’s Southern Taiwan Science Park (南部科學工業園區). Artifacts unearthed in the Tainan area are being showcased, some of which have never been exhibited to the public before.
Among the artifacts being showcased in the opening exhibition are carbonized rice pellets, which date back 4,300 to 5,000 years, NMP director Wang Chang-hua (王長華) said.
“The rice pellets show us that people lived in the area 5,000 years ago,” she said.