The resourcefulness and history of a nation are handed down to posterity through cultural heritages. But it is not easy to find out and enrich national cultural heritages.
Ri Jong Nam is a researcher of the Pyongyang City National Heritage Protection and Management Office widely known to the Korean archaeological society.
"Whenever I produced valuable research results, a lot of people asked me about the secret of successes. And they said I have gifted talents as an archaeologist. But archaeology is not studied by any gift of nature alone. The archaeology is studied by love before knowledge or talents."
The love is the love for the motherland where he was born and his nation. With the love he could unearth and ascertain more than 80 historical remains of national significance over 40-odd years.
24 years ago a lot of Jonbanghuwon-shaped tombs were unearthed in Korea. The news caused a great sensation in the history society of the East. Ri Jong Nam was the chief digger.
Jonbanghuwon-shaped tomb is a tomb whose front is square and the back is round. It was recognized until that time as a form of tomb originated in Japan around the 3rd century and represented ancient culture of Japan. But Jonbanghuwon-shaped tomb unearthed in Korea was the one in the early years of Koguryo that existed between 277 B.C. and A.D. 668, 200~300 years earlier than the Japanese one.
The Japanese archaeologists and historians confirmed it on the spot and admitted the stark historical fact that the proud ancient tombs of Japan were influenced by Koguryo. Afterwards Ri Jong Nam presented another assertion that surprised the history society. That is Anhak Palace used by Koguryo as royal palace after moving the capital to Pyongyang was an imperial palace. The discussions of the academic society clearly proved once again that his assertion is right and Koguryo was a dignified empire not dominated by anybody, a 1000-year powerful state in the East. He not only made a great contribution to the unearthing of historical remains but also to the compilation of the Pictorial Book of Historical Remains of Korea. He also wrote and published tens of books and hundreds of treatises on history. Over 40 years devoted to historical remains--it is representation of his patriotic-minded work to enrich the long history and resourceful culture of the nation.