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Ancient Granaries Discovered in Luoyang City

Mingpao News Translated by the Epoch Times
Sep 29, 2004

Luoyang Not far from the site of the ancient city of the Sui and Tang dynasties, archaelogists have discovered more than 70 large granaries. Experts believe the granaries formed part of the ancient Huiluo Granary.

According to the Henan Daily, the granary cellars cover an area approximately 390 meters by 180 meters. More than 70 cellars are neatly arranged in 12 rows and 9 columns; the distance between the cellars varies from 8 to 10 meters. The entry to the cellar is about 10 meter in diameter; the depth from the bottom of the cellars to the ground is between 7.7 meters and 10.8 meters.

Because the cellars are more than 1,000 years old, the upper entry of the cellar was probably damaged and covered by a layer of alluvial loess about 2 meters deep. Drilling studies indicate that most of the floors of the cellars have a red sintered surface, with evidence of high temperature hardening treatment. Some of the floors of the cellars still have decayed burned charcoal and carbonized grain. Four hundred fifty-eight past dynasty tombs and four cross-shaped roads were also discovered between the granary cellars.

According to historical records, King Sui Yang decided to build Huiluo Granary after he moved the Capital to Luoyang City. Huiluo Granary is located 3.5 kilometers north of Luoyang, and its function was to supply grain for the East Capital Luoyang. During the battle of East Capital, toward the end of the Sui Dynasty, Huiluo Granary was an important granary for Sui. When the Sui Dynasty ended, Hanjia Granary was built inside Luoyang City to store grain during the Tang Dynasty. During the 1970s, 259 granary cellars were discovered in Hanjia Granary inside the East Capital of Tang Dynasty, fairly close to Huiluo Granary.

The discovery has been well publicized worldwide and listed as an important cultural relic.

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