This Article is From Dec 05, 2013

4,500-year-old city discovered in China

4,500-year-old city discovered in China
Beijing: Chinese archaeologists yesterday excavated a 4,500-year-old city Neolithic Chinese city in eastern Anhui Province.

Part of a trapezoidal city wall, and a moat from the Nanchengzi ruins in Guzhen County have been uncovered, along with several houses, according to archaeologists from Wuhan University.

The archaeology team has also unearthed items from the Neolithic Age to the Han Dynasty, which dates back about 2,000 years.

The items include deer heads and antlers, tortoise shells and wheat and rice seeds, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"The discovery is very valuable for research on historical, social and environmental changes in the area," said He Xiaolin, professor and archaeologist from Wuhan University.

The Nanchengzi Ruins were first found in the 1980s when archaeological authorities believed the site was an ancient settlement.

They only identified the ruins as part of a larger city after they discovered the city wall.