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2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China


Archaeologists recently found three 2,000-year-old luxury baths in northwest China's city of Xi'an, the local heritage department said Monday.

2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
Credit: Ecns.cn
Three ancient city sites, dating back to different dynasties, were discovered by a team at an archaeological site at the ancient city of Liyang, according to Liu Rui, a researcher on the team.

2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
Credit: Ecns.cn
Liyang, a former capital in the Qin and Han dynasties, is now located at Yanliang district of Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province.

2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
Credit: Ecns.cn
Three baths and a fireplace have been excavated at one site. The baths have been built with beautiful tiles and bricks, with sewage outflows.

2,000 year old luxury baths discovered in NE China
Credit: Ecns.cn
"The shape, structure and size of the baths were very similar to the baths in the imperial palace of Xianyang, capital during the Qin Dynasty," Liu said. "These baths could be the earliest baths discovered in China."

The 2013 excavation of ancient Liyang was conducted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Archaeology and the city's cultural relics protection and archaeology institute.

Source: Xinhua [November 08, 2017]
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