Weekly snapshot of China's archaeological news

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BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's archaeological news from the past week:

-- 3,000-year-old large-scale ruins discovered in China's Shaanxi

Chinese archaeologists have discovered a collection of large-scale ruins dating to the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC) in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

The site was found in the ruins of Haojing, the capital city of the Western Zhou Dynasty. Archaeologists have been excavating the building complex since 2019.

In the animal-bone pit, archaeologists found the skulls of animals including cattle, sheep and pigs, which were used in sacrificial ceremonies in the Western Zhou Dynasty.

-- Over 2,000-year-old wooden well unearthed in China's Shanxi

An ancient nine-sided well, bearing a wooden structure, with a history of over 2,000 years was discovered in north China's Shanxi Province.

The well, located 570 meters from the ancient city ruins in today's Yangquan city, was first seen during shantytown renovation in November 2019.

The well is 9 meters deep and 4.5 meters wide at the mouth. Timberwork dating analysis showed that the well was built and in use from the late Warring States Period (475-221 BC) to the early Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 25).

-- Remains of ancient wall section, moat found in central China

Archaeologists have found remains of an ancient wall section and a moat dating back to as early as 5,200 years in central China's Hubei Province.

The remains were found in the Fenghuangzui site located in the city of Xiangyang, after more than seven months of excavation. Archaeologists believe the remains belong to several cultural phases of Chinese history ranging from 3,900 to 5,200 years old.

The Fenghuangzui site is the site of a Neolithic city on a roughly square-shaped area measuring about 140,000 square meters. A joint archaeological team started excavation work at the site in August last year covering an area of more than 450 square meters. Enditem

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