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Ancient city discovered in western Gobi desert
Author :   Source : Chinese Social Sciences Today 2017-04-17
Researchers from the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region recently discovered ruins of an ancient city on the northern bank of Kongque (Peacock) River in the Lop Nor Desert. Hu Xingjun, an associate research fellow from the institute, said carbon dating of the red willow branches and reeds found among the ruins suggests that the structure of the city wall is from the late period of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) or early Wei and Jin dynasties (220-420). The site is about 60 kilometers to the northwest of the ruins of the Kingdom of Loulan. The kingdom was active on the ancient Silk Road, disappeared around the 6th century, and its ruins were discovered in 1900. The style and the way it was built as well as the surface relics suggest that this city fits the styles of the Loulan cities in the Western Han Dynasty, Hu said.