Skip to comments.Archeologists discover ancient graffiti on China's Great Wall
Posted on 07/11/2004 4:17:46 PM PDT by FairOpinion
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese soldiers sent to the Great Wall centuries ago did not just spend their time keeping alien invaders out -- they also decorated their watch towers with ancient graffiti, state media said.
Archeologists studying a section of the wall in northeastern Liaoning province were surprised to find carvings of symbols representing love and peace, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The historical record may offer an explanation, as it shows the general in charge of this part of the wall in the late 16th century allowed soldiers to bring their families along in order to boost morale.
Each household was put in charge of one watch tower, and the graffiti could reflect their endeavors to add a homey touch to the otherwise austere surroundings.
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Unlike today's graffiti which tells you which gang is going to open fire on you if you make the wrong hand signal....
Bet it says "F*** the French".
Oh, that is hilarious!
China still uses this system.
That is universal sentiment, but if any Great Wall graffiti were even quasi-prophetic they could read: "Beware the big fat northern Chinese peasant with green teeth who's named Mao and has a problem with great leap forwards".
"For a good time call Ling.."
I bet that was all over the wall.....
Caius is a dumbell?
I heard that it says "Chan Li Tao make rousy egg roll".
Black Horse Odyssey:
Search for the lost city of Rome in China
by David Harris
Looks like an interesting book.
Romans in China?This idea was first proposed by Homer Hasenphlug Dubs, an Oxford University professor of Chinese history, who speculated in 1955 that some of the 10,000 Roman prisoners taken by the Parthians after the battle of Carrhae in southeastern Turkey in 53 B.C. made their way east to Uzbekistan to enlist with Jzh Jzh against the Han. Chinese accounts of the battle, in which Jzh Jzh was decapitated and his army defeated, note unusual military formations and the use of wooden fortifications foreign to the nomadic Huns. Dubs postulated that after the battle the Chinese employed the Roman mercenaries as border guards, settling them in Liqian, a short form of Alexandria used by the Chinese to denote Rome. While some Chinese scholars have been critical of Dubs' hypothesis, others went so far as to identify Lou Zhuangzi as the probable location of Liqian in the late 1980s.
by Erling Hoh
Volume 52 Number 3, May/June 1999
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