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Collection of buried cultural properties discovered by the people, 『Accidental discovery』 published
International Cooperation Division
- Cases of buried cultural properties discovered and reported in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province between 2014 and 2018 – The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (Director, Lee Jong-Hoon) under the Cultural Heritage Administration published 『Accidental discovery』, a collection of stories that the people found buried cultural properties and reported in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province between 2014 and 2018. 『Accidental discovery』 is introducing present conditions of buried cultural assets which were recently discovered by the people. In this book, there are 35 cases to report that people found 95 buried cultural properties from Gyeongju, Sangju, Pohang, Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province. Those unearthed cultural assets are diverse and precious such as stone axes of Bronze age, bronze mirrors of the Proto-Three Kingdom, pottery of the Three Kingdom, gilt-bronze Buddhist statues of the Unified Silla, celadon dishes of Goryeo dynasty and tombstones of Joseon dynasty. This book contains how the cultural property were found, its original sites, field survey, its features, researcher’s opinion and photographs. Among the introduced cultural assets in a book, ‘Lee Su-bo Aemin Seonjeongbi_monument commemorating good government of Lee Su-bo’s love of the poeole ’, found in Sangju 2014, and ‘○○Seonsabi_○○Buddhist Stele’ found in Pohang are highly valuable as historical resources of the area. Moreover, it was estimated that pieces of the subsidiaries of stone lantern and the tortoise shaped stone pedestal, discovered from Gyeongju city, might be related to the vital Buddhists’ sites such as Nawonri Temple site and Hwangbok Temple site. Hence, those unearthed pieces could be utilized for study and maintenance of temple sites. Discovering cultural properties and making a report can be a big help for preserving and protecting the imported cultural assets. Above all, it is more meaningful that we can protect and maintain those precious cultural properties with voluntary reports from the people. It is expected that this book creates a great chance of an active promotion for ‘Discovering and voluntary reporting system for Buried Cultural Assets’ and it could be a great example to stimulate more voluntary reports as well. 『Accidental discovery』will be distributed to the national and public libraries at home and abroad. It will be available to anyone through the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage website ( The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Cultural Heritage Administration is a state-run organization to study, excavate and preserve the Cultural Heritages in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province. They also plan to provide the results of research on Korean Cultural heritages with various materials through further studies and researches. (Kwon Taek-Jang (054-777-8805), Kim Dong Ha (054-777-8847)
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