City Ruins of the Yuan Dynasty in Jining
Location: Jining, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region
Excavation period: April 2002-November 2003
Inner Mongolian Cultural Relics Archeological Research Institute, led by Chen
Jining City, located in the South Central Autonomous Region of Northern
China, was long known as the center of a large grazing area for ancient nomadic
The site of the ancient city lay right on the blueprint for the highway
, capital of Inner Mongolia, and Jining city, located slightly to the northeast.
The ruins were discovered during a highway construction survey by a team of
archaeologists in 2002, which lead to a yearlong excavation project covering an
area as large as 22,045 square meters.
The square ancient site is 940 meters long from south to north and 640 meters
wide from west to east, with well-preserved city walls in the east and the north
(now measuring 5-6 meters in width and 0.5-2.5 meters in height). The city walls
in the west and the south, however, were destroyed. Inside the city site are six
vertical roads and seven horizontal ones dividing the ancient city into 31