Remains of ancient fortress town discovered in China’s Shandong

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Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an ancient fortress town, which dates back to the Warring States Period (475 B.C.-221 B.C.), in east China’s Shandong Province.

Remains of ancient fortress town discovered in China's Shandong
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The remains were unearthed in the downtown area of the provincial capital Jinan during an archaeological excavation for construction of an expressway, said the cultural relics and archaeology research institute of Shandong.

Remains of ancient fortress town discovered in China's Shandong
Credit: Xinhua




Remains of ancient fortress town discovered in China's Shandong
Credit: Xinhua




The fortress town and the surrounding moat cover an area of about 140,000 square metres. According to excavation findings, archaeologists believed it was used for military defense of the state of Qi.

Remains of ancient fortress town discovered in China's Shandong
Credit: Xinhua

The tiles found in the ruins indicate that large-scale buildings used to exist in the town. Artefacts dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) were also unearthed from the site.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [July 31, 2020]

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