Archaeologists in the Chinese province of Hunan recently made a special find: the remains of a 4,000-year-old palace and a granary were unearthed. The findings could help us better understand what life was like during the Ancient Xia Dynasty.

the Interesting geometry According to the ancient walled city, located in the Hsinmi area, as well as the site of Chōshio Temple, archaeologists have been investigating it for a long time. During careful excavations, it was possible to find traces of a civilization whose members supposedly lived during the Xia Dynasty.

Based on the research carried out on the banks of the Qinshui River, a rammed earth foundation measuring 60 x 30 meters was found, which is believed to have been the foundation of the ancient palace of the city. The entire building covers about 1,800 square metres, and is much higher in the middle. The former building was surrounded by terraces, cloisters and a central courtyard.

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According to Li Bo, the leader of the excavation team, based on the foundation holes and columns, they envision a building complex with terraces to the south and north, and monasteries to the east and west. All this not only helps to understand the planning of ancient cities, but also provides insight into the architectural development of palaces during the dynasty.

Meanwhile, traces of a granary were found on the site of the church. Fang Lixia, head of the excavation team, said the discovery could help reveal the historical development of land cultivation, grain storage techniques and ancient agricultural architecture in northern China.

Obtaining a more accurate picture of the Hsia dynasty is a challenge for researchers, as it is surrounded by many myths. However, tangible evidence gives an accurate picture of what life was like thousands of years ago.

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(The opening image of our article is illustrative. Source: Agence France-Presse)