Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

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Archaeologists have unearthed a worship site dating back to the Qin and Han dynasties (221 B.C.-220 A.D.) in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China
Credit: Xinhua News Agency




A large brick and tile piling area and a great number of animal sacrifice pits were found at the site, which covers a total area of 230,000 square meters in Baoji City’s Xiazhan Village.

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China
Credit: Xinhua News Agency



The piling area is located at the center of the site, occupying some 2,000 square meters. The sacrificial pits are rectangular or form long strips.

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China
Credit: Xinhua News Agency



The excavation was jointly conducted by the National Museum of China, archaeological institutions of Shaanxi Province and Baoji City, and a local museum in the city.

Ancient worship site unearthed in northwest China
Credit: Xinhua News Agency

Archaeologists have thus far discovered more than 50 pits and building sites, unearthing bricks, tiles, pottery and ironware, as well as the remains of horses and cattle buried in the sacrificial pits.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [October 30, 2020]

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