(ORDO NEWS) — A team of archaeologists, while conducting excavations in eastern China, discovered the ruins of a state academy, which, according to experts, is the oldest such institution in this country.
According to Xinhua news agency, the ruins of a unique structure, the first state higher educational institution in ancient China, were found in the Linzi area, which is part of the city of Zibo. The latter is located in the eastern province of Shandong.
According to archaeologists, the complex of buildings was built around 374 BC. This was the so-called period of the Warring States. Archaeologists believe that the object they found was the Jixia State Academy.
From written sources it is known that this institution was founded by the ruler of the state of Qi just in the period of the Warring States (475-221 BC).
Jixia Academy was the first public institution of higher learning with many different functions. In particular, as in modern universities, this academy had its own research institute, university and think tank. The academy is believed to have operated for over 150 years.
The excavations of the complex were carried out for five years. Only after comparing the excavated objects with historical records, the researchers announced that they had found the ruins of the legendary Jixia Academy.
Judging by the description, the buildings were arranged in four rows, about 210 meters long from east to west and 190 meters from north to south. The total area of the educational complex was about 40 thousand square meters. According to archaeologists, the academy was located in the ancient capital of the state of Qi.
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