Ancient tombs unearthed in Beijing suburb
The Chinese capital's future administrative hub was already bustling 2,000 years ago. Government agencies excavating a site in the far southeastern Beijing suburbs say they have found ancient city walls and more than 1,000 tombs, most of which are dated to the eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) and some even earlier.
|Archaeologists have found the walls of an ancient city and more than 1,000 tombs |
on the outskirts of the Chinese capital Beijing [Credit: Press TV]
Archaeological teams this year found ceramic and porcelain urns, earthen sculptures of animals, copper tools and mirrors — some of which are believed to be made by the Yan, a northern kingdom that stood for centuries before falling to the conqueror who unified China and became its first emperor in 221 B.C.
|The teams have found ceramic and porcelain urns, earthen sculptures of animals, copper tools,|
and mirrors in the area [Credit: Press TV]
Modern Beijing suffers from traffic gridlock and overcrowding with 22 million residents, prompting officials to relocate many government agencies from the city center to a newly developed site in the suburb of Tongzhou, about 24 kilometers (15 miles) away.
|Some of the items are believed to be made by a kingdom that unified China and formed |
its first empire in 221 BC [Credit: Press TV]
Beijing officials said this week they would assess the archaeological value of some of the artifacts. High-value ruins at the site could prompt changes to development plans for the administrative zone.
|The archaeologists also discovered the ruins of a square-shaped city |
with walls on each side [Credit: Press TV]
"Our assessment is now that this area was actually quite developed and prosperous earlier than we thought," said Yu Ping, spokeswoman for the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Cultural Heritage.
Source: The Associated Press [December 10, 2016]