Chinese archaeologists unveil imperial city platform in northwest China
MANILA, Philippines — Chinese archaeologists recently unveiled a stone-walled imperial city platform in Yulin City, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
It is a gated structure with the largest size and the most complicated structure found so far in China’s late Longshan culture.
The Shimao site, dating back for some 4,000 years, is the largest known prehistorical site and provides vital data on the beginning of the Chinese civilization.
Archaeologists from Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology and Yulin Cultural Relic Bureau have spent two years in the excavation of the platform.
This imperial city platform is the only known structure of the kind that has top and bottom layers. It is composed of a square, external barbican, south and north platforms, and inner barbican. It is the largest prehistoric one found so far in China.
“Judging from the ages of these relics, we believe the imperial city platform was built in 2300 to 2200 BC. In other words, the platform should be the first building constructed at the Shimao site,” Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology director, Sun Zhouyong said.
Archeologists conclude that the platform represents the highest structural standard of an ethnic group in an early monarchical state. — Eric Quinto | UNTV News & Rescue