Archaeologists identify oldest part of China’s Great Wall

By | March 11, 2010

Archaeologists identify oldest part of Chinas Great Wall

Chinese archaeologists have identified the route of a 137-km stretch of China’s oldest Great Wall in central Henan Province, on which the remnants of 30 km of wall is still standing.”The wall structure was built no later than 221 B.C. in the Warring States period,” quoted Sun Yingmin, a spokesman of the provincial Cultural Relics Bureau.Sun said an archaeological survey since 2008 led to the finding of the Great Wall structure, which runs mainly east to west, spanning 25 counties and districts in the province.Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who reigned from 247 B.C. to 210 B.C., has long been credited with building the Great Wall. Actually, he linked up the different sections of the wall built by different states during the Warring States Period.Construction and repairs continued from the Qin to the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644.Historical records show as early as the Spring and Autumn Period, Chu, one of the seven major powers, had constructed the Great Wall to prevent invasion from the northern states such as Wei.Sun said the research in Henan proved most parts of the Great Wall of Chu had been built in the Spring and Autumn Period 770-476 B.C., and small parts built in the Warring State Period 475-221 B.C..

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