Chinese archaeologists finds 3,600-year-old palace

Chinese archaeologists recently found a palace dating back to about 3,600 years ago at the Erlitou Bronze Age site in Henan province. 

The excavation site at Erlitou [Credit: Web]
It is the best-preserved palace ever found at the site and may be the prototype for places of worship during the Shang dynasty. 

In the Erlitou site's palace area, archaeologists found the rammed-earth foundation of the palace, which has at least three courtyards and covers a total area of more than 2,100 square meters. 

The Erlitou site contains cultural relics ranging from the Yangshao and Longshan cultures about 5,000 years ago to the Eastern Zhou and Eastern Han dynasties. The site had its heyday during the Xia dynasty from the 21st to 17th century BC, and the culture created during this period is known as the "Erlitou Culture." 

"The Erlitou palace complex is an amazing discovery, and is the earliest imperial palace in China," said Xu Hong, head of the archaeological team at the Erlitou site and director of the Department of the Xia-Shang-Zhou Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 

The palace complex covers a total area of nearly 110,000 square meters and is the oldest of its kind in China. 

"Built about 3,700 years ago, the neatly designed palace complex, along with surrounding buildings, forms the center of the ancient capital. Although it is only one-seventh the size of the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Erlitou palace complex is the prototype of all later imperial palaces in China," Xu said. 

Source: People's Daily [December 13, 2011]

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1 comments for Chinese archaeologists finds 3,600-year-old palace

  1. "Discovery of Genesis in the Ancient Chinese Language" written by two Christian Missionaries to China .. indicate that sooner or later .. the Chinese should find a Temple to Shang Te or Above Emperor. Some Chinese picture graphs show pictorially things the Bible only hints at .. the fire symbol for First Man and later the fur symbol for Fallen Man .. repeated pictures of the Cross long before Christ. Tempter - Secret man in the garden, devil, cover - tree. Create - Dust, Mouth Breath, Alive, Walking.

    Then you have the Awash River Basin in Ethiopia with Father Lake, a town called Adama and a Mountain Range called Ah-mar .. speak .. Barukh Sheamar .. Blessed is he who spoke and came into being the Universe .. and the site of the oldest stone age implements on Earth.

    Many Christians think that the Garden of Eden site has slid off and will be found somewhere else as the rivers today do not match up. The Red Sea would make an outstanding fault line leading directly to the Djibouti area, just East of the Awash River Basin.

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