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Ancient Border Wall Found in Hunan

DATELINE: CHANGSHA, May 24, 2000

Chinese archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a 200-km long wall dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in central China's Hunan Province.

The ruins, considered to be the "Great Wall in south China", separated Miao ethnic groups in southwest China from the central parts.

The construction of the wall cost a total of 1,250 kg of silver.

Located at Liaojiaqiao Township, 10 km from Fenghuang County in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in western Hunan, the wall is about 2.3 meters high and 1.7 meters wide, archaeologists said, adding that the watchtowers on the wall are over ten meters high.

The discovery is highly valuable for the study of ancient history on ethnic groups in the area.