One hundred years of Chinese archaeology: Search the heavens and the earth and discover the monuments for yourself.

Country/area: China

Organisation: https://www.weibo.cn/

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 22/12/2021

Credit: Bai Fngzhuo, Mahei Longxi, Gou Zeyao


We are all college students, and the three of us have been working together to produce a lot of things as part of our studies. Data journalism is part of our curriculum and we are trying to use what we have learnt to explore more about our country’s unique traditions and we want to showcase what we are interested in in a more personal way.

Project description:

The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of modern Chinese archaeology, and as a country with a long history, it is only right that the centenary of its archaeology should be marked by a review of its development, a presentation of its achievements and a vision of its future.

Our first chart compares the development of modern archaeology in China; the second shows archaeological tools as an example of field archaeology; the third shows the results of archaeology; and the fourth shows the development of archaeology in China and looks to its future.

Impact reached:

In fact, archaeology has been one of the more misunderstood disciplines in China. But because of our long history, we have a great need for archaeology, and we hope that we can use the infographics to present the development and achievements of modern Chinese archaeology as comprehensively as possible, so that more people can learn about it and pay attention to it.
We believe that history and archaeology should not be far from people’s minds, and that people can learn from them “who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going?” And so this work was born.

Techniques/technologies used:

Hanabi:Convert the data into the format for the visualization.

excel:Clean and analyze the dataset.

Adobe Photoshop :Creating and rendering visualizations.

Python: Clean and analyze the dataset. Convert the data into the format for the visualization. 

What was the hardest part of this project?

The information on archaeology is very fragmented and cumbersome, and different government and museum websites have different formats, so we had to sort through it ourselves.
We are all students and not computer science majors, so we had some difficulty in using python to clarify and visualise the data.

What can others learn from this project?

Archaeology and history seems to be something that the news doesn’t often focus on, and we hope that as we look at the present and expect the future, we will also look at history and see the present and the future within it.

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