The great wall of China was 1, 5 times as long
Scientists using modern technology discovered a previously unknown areas of greatest defensive wall, protecting from the North celestial Empire from the onslaught of the nomads. The real sensation was the news that the total length of the building reaches almost 9 thousand kilometers.
The world-famous symbol of China – Great wall much longer than previously estimated. Carefully measured, initiated by the Chinese government, showed the true size of ancient and medieval structures, writes The Daily Mail .
The length of the wall previously was estimated at 6 thousand kilometers, however, the cultural heritage Administration two-year study showed that the ancient monument of Chinese architecture stretched by as much as 8 851 thousand kilometer and 800 meters.
Early ideas about the length of the fortress wall was based only on historical records, the scientists explain. However, infrared and GPS technologies have helped reveal the hidden parts of the constructions which have been partially swept for thousands of years, sand and hidden mountain terrain, reports “RBC” with reference to the BBC.
Not earlier recorded fragments of the wall starting from Hu mountain in Liaoning province and ends in the city of Jiayuguan in Western Gansu province. It is believed that this defensive area was developed during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 years).
Let us add that the study of scientists is not over yet. Now they are interested in other parts of the great wall, built during the dynasties of Qin (221-206 BC) and Han (206 BC – 9 ad).
According to archaeologists, the sections of the wall in Gansu has already become a heap of ruins, and in the next 20 years may disappear altogether. The reasons for this quick destruction scientists see the occurrence of Sands, which is a consequence of the destructive agricultural policies of the Communists in the 1950-ies. In addition, here to have been built of raw bricks, which strength is inferior to a burnt brick or stone.
The great wall of China is the greatest construction created by human hands. It runs along the Northern border of ancient China, stretching from the sea to the depths of the Mongolian desert. For many, this fortification, the elevation of which began in the III century BC and lasted for many centuries, is proof of the power of ancient Chinese civilization.
In 1987 the wall was listed as a “World cultural heritage” by the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO).
In recent years the Chinese authorities have attended to the preservation and restoration of this ancient defensive structure. The reconstructed sections of the wall are located in the area of the capital. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists come from Beijing to see this marvel of architecture.
However, this pilgrimage also brings up new challenges. Recently officials complain that almost every stone and brick in the area of Badalin, where do most tourists come, scribbled or scratched commemorative inscriptions.