Chinese archaeologists have unearthed
the remains of a major city dating back over 4,000 years in the middle
reaches of the Huaihe River.
within the Yuhui Village ruins, in the city of Bengbu, in east China's
Anhui Province, the ruined city is between 4,100 and 4,400 years old,
and belongs to the early and middle stages of the Longshan Culture
It is estimated to cover an
area of at least 180,000 square meters, calculated by the length of city
wall remains, according to Zhang Dong, leader of the archaeological
team from the Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of
"Clues of the city
walls were first discovered in 2017, but the west wall and the south
wall have been eroded by the Huaihe River," said Zhang. "The existing
parts of the north wall and south wall extend for 300 meters and 600
work will focus on the city walls and gates. The team will continue to
look for the east gate, probe into the underground preservation
conditions of the city site, and continue to explore some peripheral
sites," Zhang added.
also found that the city site contained prolific traces of human
activity. Remains scattered over an area of 2 million square meters
around the city site reflect the population growth and concentration at
that time, which is also a record of the prehistoric urbanization in the
Huaihe River Basin.
archaeologists said that the discovery is of great academic value and is
an important case study for exploring the progress of civilization in
the Huaihe River basin.