Chinese Archaeologists Uncover Multiple Sections in the Great Wall of China
Chinese archaeologists have recently found that there are sections of China’s Great Wall that actually have multiple parallel walls in several of its sections. This is contrary to the belief of many people that the Great Wall is a single continuous structure.
According to the archaeologists that completed a survey of the wall, sections that featured two or three smaller walls exist that have been built parallel to the main wall. The director of the surveying team said that this type of construction allowed military leaders to garrison more troops effectively, thus increasing the wall’s defensive power. Other regions in China also showed similar fortifications along the Great Wall.
In 2006 the government started surveying the Great Wall with the aim to study the overall condition of the wall. The Great Wall was built during the Warring States Period (475-206 B.C.) that was meant to defend China from nomadic tribes. During that period, sections of the walls were destroyed and were later rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).