Ruins of ancient city Loulan discovered in Xinjiang
Archaeologists have inferred that ruins found in Lop Nur in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region may actually be from the ancient city of Loulan, judging by their shape, construction and other characteristics.
|Ruins of ancient city walls have been found in northwest China's Lop Nur Desert, the site of the former capital of Loulan, |
a prosperous settlement built around 2,000 years ago to serve passing traders traveling along the Silk Road
The layout of wall fragments indicates that the city might have been arranged in a circle, with a diameter of 300 meters, according to Hu Xingjun, associate research fellow with the Xinjiang Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
|Few traces remain of Loulan, an important stop on the ancient trade route linking China and Central Asia |
Several nearby tombs were discovered as well. In two of the unearthed tomb pits, archaeologists found tapestry fragments, implying that the tombs in question were of a high standard. They believe the tombs were used to bury nobles from that period.
Loulan, or Kroraina, was one of the pivotal stops along the famous Silk Road, but mysteriously disappeared around the Third Century AD.
Source: XinhuaNet [March 30, 2017]