Recently, the archaeologists have discovered a large number of the porcelain pieces, which can be dated back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Since July, a joint archaeological team has been surveying and excavating the ruins of the Jianshui Kiln, home to more than 20 ancient porcelain kilns in Jianshui County in Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture. The findings include more than 3,000 complete porcelain items and over 300,000 fragmented porcelain specimens, mainly the blue and white ceramics and celadon ceramics.
Most of the objects are from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and some items may be manufactured at other times. The excavation of the Jianshui Kiln marks the first time that archaeologists have conducted systematic research of Yunnan's ancient porcelain kilns. The discovery is important to the study of the development of the porcelain industry in the southwest part of China.