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Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi


The remains of a Great Wall castle dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) were discovered in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, said the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology Tuesday.


Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Panoramic view of Qingpingbao ruins [Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]



Architectural remains, including two courtyards, were found at the remains of the Qingpingbao castle, located in Jingbian County, Yulin City.


Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Aerial view of Xianying Palace [Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]

Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Small buildings around Xianying Palace [Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]

The courtyard on the south side is relatively large at 60 meters long and 25 meters wide. Its walls, houses, and brick floors are well preserved.


Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi

Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi

Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Clay sculptures unearthed in the Xianying Palace [Credit: Shaanxi
Provincial Institute of Archaeology]



Archaeologists also unearthed a stone tablet in the courtyard. According to the inscription on the tablet, the courtyard is the site of a temple called Xianying Palace. More than 30 painted clay statues were also found.


Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Ming Dynasty stele [Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]

Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Inscribed stone stele unearthed from the remains of the Qingpingbao castle 
[Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]

Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Eaves tile unearthed from the remains of the Qingpingbao castle
[Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]

The other courtyard is the site of the remains of a larger building to the east of the Xianying Palace. A 12-meter-long and 3-meter-tall remaining base was discovered here.


Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi

Remains of Great Wall fort from Ming Dynasty discovered in NW China’s Shaanxi
Architectural components unearthed at the Qingpingbao site
[Credit: Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]



The remains of the castle were found in an earth ditch from which local villagers took soil to build a road in April last year, and rescue excavation work started in the following month.




The castle is about 10 km away from the Great Wall, built in the Ming Dynasty. It retains the pattern, style, and characteristics of the Ming Wall castle. It is well preserved in terms of its original appearance in northern Shaanxi. 


Source: Xinhua News Agency [June 09, 2021]



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