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Chinese ‘Pompeii’ unearthed in Hunan

Last Updated: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 09:34

New Delhi: Archaeologists have discovered an oriental ‘Pompeii’ in Hunan, China.

As Pompeii in Italy was destroyed by the volcanic eruption, the Chengbu Shiwangutian was destroyed by a plague of locusts during the Qing Dynasty.

‘Shiwangutian’ refers to an ancient farming and settlement site in Chengbu County in Hunan.
According to Zeng Xiaoguang, Deputy Director of Cultural Heritage Bureau in Shaoyang City in Hunan, after the locusts` plague, the site was turned into an uninhabited area and a large amount of cultural relics were preserved, reports the People’s Daily Online.
Shiwangutian is in a trapezoid shape that is higher in the north and lowers in the south. It has been divided into upper part, middle part and lower part with a big circle with the diameter of 300 meters in the middle part of the farmland.

The site has become a cultural relic in China.


First Published: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 09:34

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