Archaeologists Uncover 4,000-Year-Old Chinese Palace

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a palace in China dating back four thousand years.

As reported by the state-run news agency Xinhua, the building was discovered at the significant archeological site of Xinmi in Henan Province, central China.

The Xia dynasty, an early Chinese dynasty referenced in tales, is believed to have constructed the walled city of Xinmi (2070-1600 B.C.).

A report reveals one of China’s first dynasties was the Xia. It is unclear whether this dynasty existed or was just a myth. According to legend, the Cheng Tang established the Shang Dynasty in about 1760 BCE after deposing the final Xia ruler, who had become corrupt and brutal.

Reports show that several years ago, on the eastern bank of the Zhenshui River, archaeologists found the remnants of the old city. It is 17 hectares in a rectangular shape.

There is a strong correlation between the Longshan culture and the remarkably intact town. This long-gone culture formerly lived in what is now Henan province and the surrounding areas of China.

Archaeologists recently found artifacts pointing to the ancient city’s palace complex. What little remains is a foundation structure that was created using rammed-earth methods. The use of raw materials such as earth, lime, and chalk is an old technique.

The archaeologists found a pattern of holes that were spaced out evenly, which provided insight into the layout of the old building. The excavation team leader, Li Bo, told state media the foundation may have been used for a housing complex with terraces to the north and south, cloisters to the east and west, and a yard in the middle. The results may provide fresh insight into how the Xia dynasty’s palaces came to be.

According to a report, another ancient city in Henan Province, Zhoukou, has yielded multiple finds. Like other important archeological sites, this hamlet is thought to have been founded during the Xia dynasty.

Zhoukou yielded several new artifacts from ditches, ash pits, and other design components.

The archaeologists found two circular structures with earthen adobe walls and columns. They were probably used to store grain.

The head archaeologist of the Zhoukou dig, Fang Lixia, reported that the information they unearth would shed light on the region’s traditional farming methods.