Monday, 22 December 2014

The site of ancient Sizhou city rediscovered

Chinese Archaeologists have completed excavating the site of the ancient city of Sizhou in Xuyi county in East China's Jiangsu province.

They confirmed the structure and layout of the lost city, known as "the oriental Pompeii" and say that it covered more than 2000 square meters.
Historical data suggests Sizhou was a flourishing city with a history of more than 900 years. But the city, located in the intersection of three of the largest rivers in China - the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Huaihe River - was buried after a massive flood, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi from the Qing Dynasty.
Experts say Sizhou is perhaps better preserved than the Roman city of Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash.
The inner city wall of Sizhou extends to almost 340 meters, while the outer city wall is about 130 meters in length.

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