Reinforcing the Great Wall of China: discovery of medieval stele reveals new chapters of history

In the course of work to reinforce a section of the Great Wall in Hebei Province in northern China, experts have discovered a sensational archaeological find – a medieval stele from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Made of white marble, this stele, erected in 1569, turned out to be unusually well-preserved. The inscriptions on the stele reveal interesting facts about the construction and defenses, and provide new information for studying the history of the Great Wall.

It was during the Ming Dynasty that extensive construction and reconstruction work was carried out on the Great Wall. Qi Jiguang, a famous military commander of the time, led a team of ten civil and military officials responsible for the construction of the defenses. A stela found in Luanping County contains an inscription with information about the date of completion and the names of those who supervised the construction.

This discovery is of great significance for the study of the history of the Great Wall. As Gao Yang, curator of the local history museum, confirms, the content of the inscription is “completely consistent with historical records.” It enhances our knowledge of the construction and functions of the Great Wall during the Ming Dynasty.

It is important to note that the Great Wall of China has not only military value, but also cultural and historical value. It is a symbol of China’s power and greatness, as well as an important object for the tourist industry. The discovery of the medieval stele adds to its historical significance by providing new facts and details about the past of this great structure.

Researchers and archaeologists continue to work on the stele and its contents. They hope to uncover more secrets about the Great Wall and its role in Chinese history. This discovery stimulates interest in archaeological research and allows us to better understand our past.

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