Chinese archaeologists uncover 4,000-year-old fortifications
|A bird's eye view of the Shimao site in Shaanxi Province [Credit: Xinhua]|
One of the towers is 18 meters long, 16 meters wide and four meters tall, while the other is 11.7 meters long, about 10 meters wide and three meters tall, said Su Zhouyong, deputy head of the institute.
Sun said the discovery is a breakthrough and contributes greatly to archaeological research on ancient Chinese fortifications.
|Fortification wall in the neolithic settlement site of Shimao [Credit: Xinhuanet]|
The city was found to have a central area, and inner and outer structures. The walls surrounding the outer city extended over an area of 4.25 square kilometers.
Archaeologists said it was built about 4,300 years ago and was abandoned roughly 300 years later during the Xia Dynasty, the first dynasty in China to be described in ancient historical chronicles.
Source: Xinhuanet [November 28, 2013]