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Nanyuewang Palace site

ByHaiming Yan, Xue Peng, Luca Zan

This chapter shows that the unpredictability of archaeological finds has re-shaped the aims of conservation and presentation in recent years, while conservation and presentation have also been affected by the policy agenda at the local government level. It examines archaeological excavations and conservation activities before the 11th Five Year Plan (FTP), showing how the city authority effectively managed the balance between urban development and historical conservation. In 2005, the Nanyuewang Palace site was listed as a dayizhi site with the development of the 11th FYP, marking the transition of its status in the same way as many other dayizhi sites. The shipbuilding theory was included in the archaeology volume of China's Encyclopedia; it was designated a National Key Protected Unit under the shipyard's name. Simply put, whereas the dayizhi funds were allocated for the site's conservation, it accounted for a small portion of the whole construction funding.