Numerous pieces of lanterns found in a waste pit near Hwangnyongsa Temple

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-25 13:54:49
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▲ This photo, provided by the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows excavated lanterns. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- A number of lanterns from the Unified Silla period were excavated at the Hwangnyongsa Temple site, one of the largest Buddhist temples, in Gyeongju, about 370 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage announced Thursday that it has found around 150 lanterns from Silla buried in waste pits at the West corridor of the temple site, which is under annual excavation and investigation.

The excavated lantern was 10 cm in diameter and the production period was estimated to be between 8 to 9 centuries.

Within the Hwangnyongsa Temple site, many lanterns were found through excavations conducted between 1976-1983, and about eighty Baekje lanterns were also excavated from the temple site in Neungsan-ri, Buyeo.

"While tile and earthenware are mainly found in waste pits, in this specific excavation area, it seems a number of lanterns were buried all at once," an official from the Gyeongju National Research Institute said.

"Further research is needed to find out why lamps were collectively buried," the official added. "We plan to conduct a scientific analysis of the soot left in the lanterns."

Building sites, drainage channels, and fences, which are believed to have been built from the Unified Silla Period to the Goryeo Dyansty, have also been identified.

"The land within the excavation area seemed to increase from west to east, and we discovered that buildings during the Goryeo Dynasty were built by putting soil on top of the buildings from the Unified Silla period," the investigation team emphasized. "We were able to see that certain spaces changed between the eighth and twelfth centuries."
 

▲ This photo, provided by the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, shows the excavation site at Hwangyongsa Temple. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

It is presumed that the excavation site at Hwangnyongsa Temple was originally used as an operation facility or a living space for monks.

The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage began its excavation in 2018 and discovered building sites as well as drainage channels and excavated a 6 cm long gilt-bronze phoenix-decorated lock.

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