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Temple of Earth Discovered in Nanjing

Archaeologists have unexpectedly discovered the remains of stone buildings in the ancient Chinese capital of Nanjing. The remains have been described as the Temple of the Earth during the period of Southern and Northern Dynasty(222-589). The discovery is very valuable for research on the culture and ceremonies of ancient China, according to Beijing Review.

Experts believe the remains are from the oldest and largest Temple of the Earth during the feudal period.

The buildings lie on the highest peak of Zijinshan Mountain and cover more than 16,000 square meters. The main altar is square and faces south; its four stories made of stone have different heights. On the top platform of the altar, four small altars made of yellow clay are arranged symmetrically facing south. In addition, the archaeologists discovered stone steps extending to the altars from the south that are referred to as the¡°South Royal Road¡± in ancient materials. The steps zigzag to the foot of the mountain and on both sides of the path pass more than ten platforms of different sizes. The platforms are described as the altars' attached buildings. Research on the platforms is continuing. The archaeologists also discovered some ashes, animal bones, tiles and decorated bricks. Pieces of celadon porcelain were discovered underground.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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