Inscribed Bamboo Tablets of Wu Kingdom (222-280) of the Three Kingdoms (220-280) in Zoumalou, Changhsha
From June through December 1996, the Changsha Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics made a salvage excavation to rescue the cultural relics in the ancient wells on the construction site of Peace Mall next to the Wuyi Square. In Ancient Well No.J22 under the former No. 50, Zouma Street, more than 100,000 bamboo tablets of the Wu Kingdom were dug up. The records proved to be the official documents of Linxiang County and Linxiang Kingdom of Changhsha Prefecture during Wu Kingdom’s reign in the Three Kingdoms, covering from Jian’an Reign of the Eastern Han to Jiahe Reign of Wu Kingdom (A.D. 196-237). They are categorized into Documents on Territories, Household Registration, Taxation Accounts, Statement of Buying and Purchasing, Legal Files, Official Dispatches, Name Cards and Correspondences, and are of great importance for the study of Wu’s land system, taxation system, judicial system and other relative rules and regulations. The finding of these tablets are regarded in 1996 as one of the Ten Major New Archaeological Discoveries of China and one of A Hundred Greatest Archaeological Discoveries of the Twentieth Century in China.

Wooden Tablets

Three Kingdoms
Length 49.2cm width 3cm thickness 0.7cm
Unearthed from Ancient Well No.J22 at Zoumalou in 1996
It records how to count the number of residence population in ancient China.