Tang dynasty: Lost city ruins discovered in China

Tang dynasty: Lost city ruins discovered in China
Tang dynasty: Lost city ruins discovered in China

Researchers in China have discovered the remains of an ancient city dating back to more than 1,000 years in the country’s southwest region.

Archaeologists have found the remains of several walls in Yunnan’s Midu County, believed to be part of Baiya City, and dating back to the early years of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Accounts of the old town of Baiya City first appear in a history book written by military official Fan Chuo during the Tang Dynasty.

Fan said that Baiya City had an old town and a new town, which were closely connected.

A previously discovered “old town” was about two kilometres from the confirmed new town, contradictory to the book, historian and archaeologist He Jinlong said.

“From the location of these newly discovered ruins, much closer to the new town, we are pretty confident that it is the authentic old town,” he said.

“As excavation continues, we will know more details,” he was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Domestic and foreign records about Baiya City are quite limited, and the new discovery will provide valuable evidence for research into the ancient civilisation of west Yunnan, he added.

This is not the first ancient discovered from the depths of Yunnan. In 2001, it was reported that earthenware and stonework covering an area of approximately 2.4–2.7 square kilometers had been discovered beneath the Fuxian lake, which spreads over three regions including Yunnan.

The the 212-sq km lake is know for its extreme depth and the flaura and fauna that has been recently aggected by bilogical invasions.

In 2007, it was confirmed through carbon dating that the remains were approximately 1,750-years-old.

It is thought that the remains may represent buildings from the ancient Dian Kingdom that slid into the lake during an earthquake Additional research in 2014 found out 42 handmade stone artefacts, seven metres below the lake.


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