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Combining years of research results, the significance of the Peinan Site are summarized as follows:

  1. It is the largest site ever been excavated in Taiwan; the area is approximately 10,000m2.
  2. It is the site with the largest quantity of historical artifacts excavated in Taiwan; approximately over 1,600 slate coffins, and 20,000 potteries and stone objects.
  3. It is the site with the largest quantity and variety of jade objects excavated in Taiwan.
  4. It is the largest prehistoric site in Taiwan; the main area is approximately 20~30ha, and the area defined on a broader sense is approximately 80~100ha.
  5. It is the site with the most complete residential condition and information in the archaeological history of Taiwan.
  6. It is the largest site with slate coffin burial complex in the Pan-pacific Ocean Area and Southeast Asia.

As the Council for Cultural Affairs of the Executive Yuan actively promoted the evaluation of sites to be nominated for the World Heritage in Taiwan since year 2002, the Peinan Site is listed as one of the eleven sites in the first stage evaluation, and the only site listed under the archaeology category. The preliminary evaluation listed the Peinan Site, the cypress forest of Chihlan Mt., Taroko National Park, and the Forest Railway of Alishan in the first category; the category with the greatest potentials. The Peinan Site definitely has indispensable values in terms of academic research, historical preservation, public education, and cultural tourism.


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