Han Great Wall discovered in Gansu

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Archaeologists have discovered a new historic site of the Great Wall from the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD)’s section with a length of 24 kilometers in the desert areas in Jinta county, west of Gansu Province.

Great Wall_China-Gansu-West Desert Deputy curator of the Jinta County Museum, Tao Yule, said the section was built with gravel and red willow wood and still takes on a clear appearance though being at age 2,000. Half of the wall remains intact; its highest part is two meters high and one meter wide.

With the new discovery, the total length of the Jinta county’s section of the Great Wall now stretches 320 kilometers. A survey confirms the new section pertains to the Han Dynasty.

Jinta county is located in the middle of the Hexi Corridor, a historical route in Gansu Province. Besides the Han Great Wall section, there are also other discoveries, including 18 beacon towers and four defense platforms which make up the defense system of the wall.


Source: Global Times [November 26, 2010]


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