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Ancient dyke ruins found in C. China

By Liu Xianqin (Guangming Daily)

16:00, April 13, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

An important achievement was made during recent excavations on the Longshan'gang Ancient Site, Xichuan County, Henan Province. Archeologists discovered a dyke ruins which was constructed in the later period of the Yangshao Age (Zhujiatai Culture).

It is a very rare one in cultural ruins of the same period in the middle reaches of the Han River

Also called the Huanglianshu Ancient Site, the Longshan'gang Ancient Site is a cultural relic protection project in the inundated area of the Danjiangkou Reservoir in the middle section of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

Since May 2008, the Institute of Cultural Relics in the Henan Province has been carrying out archaeological surveys and excavations on the site. Up to now, they have excavated 10,900 square meters in total.

After doing archaeological surveys and excavations for four successive years, archaeologists have fundamentally made clear the ranges and layout of the cultural relic piles of various periods of the Neolithic Age and made many important achievements.

This ancient site has abundant ruins, including ruins of the Qing Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, Song Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, Han Dynasty, Western Zhou Dynasty, Wangwan Third Stage Culture, Shijiahe Culture, Qujialing Culture and later period of the Yangshao Age (Zhujiatai Culture). Their distribution range is wide. Types of the ruins include the dyke, large-scale multi-room house, ash pit and worshipping area, of which, the dyke ruins discovered this time is most significant.

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