HOHHOT, Oct. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists were recently
surprised to find an ancient heating wall in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region in north China which can still be used.
The wall with flues for heating was discovered last Wednesday in
Xinglongwa, a cultural relics site in Chifeng which can be traced back to 7,600
However, the heating wall is believed to be younger than the whole relic
site. Archaeologists from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the
regional archaeology institute said that the wall was used by ancient people
4,000 years ago.
Though the burning turned it maroon, archaeologists said the wall, 30
centimeters high, 20 centimeters wide and two meters long,is one of the best
preserved heating facilities of the Neolithic Age ever found in north China.
Archaeologists found that smoke can be seen at the flue exits when firewood
Discovered in 1982, Xinglongwa is regarded as the best preserved, the
largest and the earliest cultural relic site of theNeolithic Age in China.
The site has drawn close attention from both domestic and overseas
Since first excavation in May 2001, more than 1,000 ancient houses have
been unearthed in Xinglongwa. Enditem