New Han dynasty Great Wall section discovered in desert

11:17, November 29, 2010      

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A 24-kilometer Great Wall section constructed during the Han dynasty was recently discovered by archeologists in a desert located in Jinta County, Gansu Province.

As a result, the length of the Han dynasty Great Wall site in Jinta County now totals 320 kilometers.

This section of the Great Wall constructed during Han dynasty was discovered in a desert in Jinta County near the city of Yumen. Judging from the remnants of the Great Wall site, archeologists found that the wall was composed of sand rocks and branchy tamarisks.

After experiencing 2,000 years of wind and rain, the overall shape and style of the wall are still clear, and half of the Great Wall section is well preserved. The highest part of the wall is about 2 meters high and about 1 meter wide, according to Tao Yule, vice curator of the Jinta County Museum who participated in the Great Wall investigation.

Jinta County is located in the middle of the Hexi Corridor in western Gansu Province. Jinta County and other counties and districts in Gansu Province jointly launched an investigation regarding the early Great Wall (Great Wall constructed before the Ming dynasty) in March 2010. Currently, the fieldwork has been completed. In addition to the newly-discovered 24-kilometer Great Wall section constructed during the Han dynasty, they also discovered 18 beacon towers and four city barriers.

Tao said that the current investigation regarding the early Great Wall has been completed. They have recorded all the Great Wall sections in Jinta County. The length of Great Wall sections in Jinta County now totals 320 kilometers, and all the sections were constructed during the Han dynasty.

By People's Daily Online

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