2000-year-old artifacts found amid highway construction in north China
SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- A large number of cultural artifacts dating back to as early as the late Warring States Period (475 B.C.-221 B.C.) was unearthed in north China's Hebei Province, according to local authorities on Thursday.
Archaeologists carried out an evacuation project from July to November on the ruins of an ancient city located in what is currently Langfang City. They found a batch of artifacts believed to belong to a time from the late Warring States Period to the early Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-25 A.D.).
The unearthed artifacts include ancient city walls, kilns, wells, tombs and pits, as well as pottery, bronze, and stone wares.
The ruins of the Guangling ancient city, measuring 670 meters from east to west and 517 meters from north to south, were discovered during the construction of a highway. The north, east and west city walls were well preserved.
The discovery will provide evidence of the layout and scale of ancient cities during the Han Dynasty, and have overturned the previous understanding that the Guangling city belonged to the Song Dynasty. Enditem