A complex of ancient tombs was discovered at the project site in Dalou village, Bengbu city, Anhui province in earlier 2012, according to Bengbu Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage.
It contains 60 ancient tombs dating back to Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) or Tang (618 –907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. The earliest tomb can date back to more than 2,000 years ago.
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AN INTERNATIONAL expedition led by British researcher William Lindesay believes that a 1,900-year-old wall in the heart of the Gobi Desert, which the Mongolians call the “Wall of Genghis Khan” is actually part of the Great Wall of China and was built by the Western Han dynasty.
The Great Wall of China is made up of many different pieces, constructed at different times and spread over large parts of the country but this section in Mongolia was not previously thought to be part of the Great Wall.
Read the Full Story at British researcher discovers piece of Great Wall ‘marooned outside China’ – The Irish Times – Mon, Feb 27, 2012.
Story by Clifford Coonan – Irish Times; Photo by William Lindesay
As a leading World War II historian, Max Hastings has taken the monumental task of looking at World War II on a personal global scale. In Max Hastings new book, he uses personal eyewitness accounts of the horrors of the war. Vernon Bogdanor of the New Statesman reviewed Hastings new book (Originally titled All Hell Let Loose: The World at War (1939-45))
The Second World War was the most terrible event in human history, killing roughly 60 million people, most of them non-combatants, an average of about 27,000 for each day of the war. More people were slaughtered by their fellow human beings than ever before. A vast number of books has been written about the war. Is there anything new to say? Perhaps not, but this does not mean that the task of the historian has been completed. The challenge is to seek to understand this catastrophe. No doubt we will never fully understand some aspects of it, in particular the Holocaust. Nevertheless, the historian must do his best.
Max Hastings has studied the war for 35 years and has written eight previous books on specific episodes such as the Battle of Britain and D-Day, as well as a volume on Winston Churchill as war leader. Inferno is an attempt to describe not only the high politics of strategy, but also the experiences of ordinary people involved in the conflict, and what the war meant to those caught up in it. Henry James once described the Victorian novel as a large, loose and baggy monster. This book is also a large, loose and baggy monster, as it must be if it is to comprehend such vastly different experiences as those of the British housewife, the German Panzer officer in occupied territory, the Soviet peasant, the Japanese kamikaze pilot and the Polish soldier who, after fighting bravely on the Allied side, found himself an exile in his own country when it came under communist rule.
Read the rest of the review at New Statesman – All Hell Let Loose: the World at War (1939-45).
The Great Wall of China began in the 5th Century BC during the Warring States Period at the end of the Zhou Dynasty. At that time the wall consisted mostly on packed dirt. It was not after 221 BC with the emergence of the Qin Dynasty that new walls made out of stone were constructed. The majority of the wall seen today was constructed during the Ming Dynasty starting in the 14th Century. As reported by Xinhua News, unauthorized mining in the Hebei province is causing rapid deterioration of the Wall in the surrounding area.
The damaged portion of the Great Wall is located in a remote area near the county of Laiyuan in Hebei Province, about 200 kilometers southwest of Beijing. The area is home to a dozen small mines, with some operating as close as 100 meters to the centuries-old wall.
Villagers and local cultural heritage protection officials told Xinhua that about 700 meters of the wall, which was built during the reign of Emperor Wanli during the Ming Dynasty (1573-1620), had already collapsed, and more walls and even towers are likely to collapse if the mining continues unchecked.
Read more of the article at Alarm raised as part of Great Wall collapses amid mining.
Kong Fuzi, better known as Confucius, was born in 551 BC in Qufu during the Zhou Dynasty. His teachings became the basis of Chinese tradition and beliefs. Qufu is located in the province of Shandong on the East coast of the People’s Republic of China. Much of Qufu is dedicated to Confucius as Mark Melnicoe writes about his travels to Confucius’s hometown for Xinhua News.
Everyone knows Confucius. The philosopher/teacher/sage is pre-eminent among China’s ancient thinkers, and his teachings have profoundly impacted the development of Chinese history and left a deep imprint on the national psyche.
To really get to know Confucius, one should make a pilgrimage to Qufu, Shandong Province. For it is here that the master was born, died and spent most of his 73 years, including the decisive period when he preached to his disciples, who then carried forward his ideas.
To honor its former resident, Qufu boasts three main sites – the Confucius Temple, Kong Family Mansion and Confucius Cemetery – which together take most of a day to see. In 1994 they were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites for their outstanding historical, cultural, scientific and artistic value.
Beyond these, vestiges left by Confucius can be found all over Qufu. He was born about 20 kilometers away in Nishan, grew up in the area, preached his philosophies at the Xingtan Pavilion, also known as the Alter of Apricot (part of today’s temple), got involved politically and became an official in the ancient state of Lu, and was buried by the Zhu River.
Read the rest of the article at Cradle of Confucianism.
Photo by Vladimir Menkov