Archaeologists found the predecessor of the Great Wall of China

(ORDO NEWS) — In 2020, archaeologists examined the remains of a fortification system built long before the Great Wall of China and found that it was erected before the time of Genghis Khan.

The famous Great Wall of China is a very long fortification system. Its most famous section, 8850 kilometers long, was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

At the same time, scientists also knew about the existence of the wall of the so-called “Northern Line”, which stretched from West to East through Mongolia.

Israeli archaeologists carefully studied what was left of it. Prior to this study, it was not known for certain about its purpose and the time of construction.

Scientists used satellite and drone images in their research, and also excavated at several places along the remains of the wall.

The wall was built in bulk, unlike the “Great” wall, made of stone, and therefore only one meter of elevation remained on average from the “Northern Line”.

But scientists say that it could reach a height of two meters. Radiocarbon analysis has shown that the wall was built between 1000 and 1100 BC. N.E. – that is, before the invasion of the army of Genghis Khan, which occurred around 1162.

Archaeologists suggest that this wall was built to protect against migrations from Mongolia.

As Gideon Shelah-Lavi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem points out, this wall allowed China to control human traffic and possibly tax those who entered its territory.


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