Brick kilns of Ming Dynasty discovered in Nanjing
2017-07-26 17:23:00

An archaeological team discovered two dome kilns on the northern side of Mount Guanyao in Qixia district of Nanjing, while the largest excavated site of the project is on the southern side, where six Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) kilns were discovered.

According to the order of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the bricks calcinated from the official kilns here were transported to Nanjing via the Yangtze River to build the Ming City Wall.

Qi Haining, deputy director of the Nanjing Archaeological Institute, said that the yellow clay on the mountain was suitable for brick making, and the abundant vegetation on the mountain could have been used as kiln fuel. More importantly, the kilns were situated close to the Yangtze River, so the black bricks could be easily transported to the construction site of the Ming city wall.

The historical site is already a protected site in the city, and it will be studied and displayed as an important site in the application of China's Ming and Qing city walls for world cultural heritage status, thus enriching the cultural heritage.

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