Neolithic China ruins declared biggest of kind

1st Nov 2012

New archaeological analysis has revealed city ruins previously found in China are the largest ever to be unearthed dating from neolithic China.

More than 40 archaeologists spent time researching and measuring the exact size of the ancient stone Shimao Ruins in Shenmu county, which are 4,000 years old.

Head of the Archaeological Society of China, Zhang Zhongpei, said: "The city has magnificent stone walls and we've unearthed a large number of carved jade, which hint at the city' core status in north China's early civilization."

The ruins were originally discovered in 1976 and were thought at the time to be a small settlement, however that original analysis has since progressed after archaeologists found additional city walls, which could prove a popular destination for family holidays in future.

Researchers say the site has inner and outer building work, with walls encircling the site measuring 4.25 square kilometres.

A section of a mural has also been unearthed, which archaeologists say may be the oldest mural in the whole of China.

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