Ancient Buildings Found in Lake
KUNMING, June 3 -- Chinese television this morning
broadcast live the investigation by a team of archeologists of a
group of ancient buildings in an area of 2.4 sq km at the bottom
of Fuxian Lake in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
According to carbon dating, the site dates back 1,750 years, to the Eastern Han Dynasty.
This was China's first such underwater archeological probe.
The 212-sq-km lake is the deepest plateau freshwater lake in
China, with a maximum depth of 157 meters.
Sonar surveying has verified that the buildings stretch 1,200
meters from east to west and 2,000 meters from north to south.
This morning an underwater robot transmitted TV images of
divers searching the site and bringing out samples of pottery and a piece of stone carved with flower designs.
Li Kunsheng, director of the Yunnan Provincial Museum, said
that the buildings slid into the lake during an earthquake.
Zhang Zengqi, an archeologist with the Yunnan Museum, said that
official records of the Han Dynasty say that a city named Yunyuan
was located by the side of the lake. It disappeared from the official records after the Han Dynasty.
Further investigations of the underwater buildings are scheduled for later this year.
-- source: xinhuanet
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