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Ancient Kiln Site, Hutian

The Hutian Kiln, covering an area of 260,000 sq m, is the first porcelain kiln complex site to be put under state protection. In the period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-979), the kiln mainly produced blue porcelain and while porcelain.

It became prestigous later for its blue-and-white porcelain in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and it made porcelains with fine white glaze and the blue-and-white in red glaze during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the site mainly turned out folk-style blue-and-white porcelains.

Various porcelain items of the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties have been discovered at the site over the past 60 years. Archeologists say that there are still many artifacts at the kiln awaiting further excavation.

Porcelain, a form of high-temperature-fired translucent pottery, is a Chinese invention, known in the West simply by the name "China". Jingdezhen, one of the world's porcelain making centers, is a renowned ancient porcelain town in China with a history of more than 1,600 years.

This year is the millennium anniversary for Jingdezhen city -- known as China's porcelain capital. In the 11th century, the town became one of four porcelain making centers in China. In 1004 the town changed its name "Changnan" to "Jingde.".

Further Reading: The Imperial Kiln

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