04-02-2009 08:37

600-year old site in North China's Hebei province has yielded more clues about the Great Wall. Archeologists have determined kilns there were dedicated to producing bricks for the Great Wall. The site is the closest brick production base to the Wall discovered so far.

It's located in the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, on farmland about a hundred meters from a local section of the Wall at Chengziyu. Archaeologist have unearthed more than forty brick kilns, all built in the Ming Dynasty, some six hundred years ago. The Great Wall was first built by order of Emperor Qinshihuang over two thousand years ago. Its most recent large-scale reinforcement came in the early Ming Dynasty, when the empire's northern frontiers were seriously threatened.

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Editor:Zhao Yanchen