Archaeologists found out where was the Great wall of China in Mongolia
Israeli archaeologists have figured out where exactly was the Great wall of China in the current Mongolian steppes, according to Le Figaro.
"The construction of this section of the wall — a massive medieval project, which, oddly enough, very few mentions in historical documents", — said the head of research Professor Gideon Shelak-Lavi c of the Department of Asian studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
This part of the great wall for the first time became the object of attention of scientists because it is quite far. The Shelak-Lavi and his team traveled to the site, they used data from aerial photographs and images taken from satellites.
Section length of 737 miles, examined by Israeli archaeologists is set in modern Mongolia, the steppe, covered with grass. It is called "Northern line" or "Wall of Genghis Khan".
"Previously it was thought that this section was built to protect the local population from the Great Khan of the Golden Horde. But it seems that it was not a military fortification with the aim to protect people from enemy attacks," explained Shelak-Lavi.
The low height of the wall (about two metres) and it is disadvantageous from the point of view of strategy the location suggests that it was intended primarily to control the movement of nomads and their animals.
"It was kind of a tool internal policy", — said the archaeologist.
The great wall of China construction began in the third century BC to protect the country from invasions from the North. Its total length is nine thousand miles, and given the destroyed areas — 21 thousand kilometers.