3,000-Year-Old Sun Altar Unearthed In China

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The Bronze Age was said to have first been discovered in 1993. However, excavations did not start until late in 2016. Now the excavations have revealed a strange looking structure that is very similar to the temples that are generally seen a lot farther away to the west of the Eurasian plains.

Nomadic Tribes Built Sun Temples, But This Is First Found So Far East

Nomadic tribes are said to have built sun temples, and the tribes used to roam about the huge Eurasian steppe, but up until now no temple like this had ever been found so far to the east.

The sun altar was found in the northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous regions, and the altar was built from layers of mud and cobbles in layers that were circular and which had three different layers of stone. The ring placed on the outside has a diameter of more than 100 meters. While the structure is thought to be in the region of around 3000 years old, the main part of the structure is said to be for the most part intact and it has been preserved very well.

Archaeologists Have No Idea How The Structures Were Made By Tribes

Archaeologists have said that the people who made the structure would have had to carry stones over large distances so they could use them in the construction of the monument. They have no idea how the tribes could have undertaken such a feat as of course, they did not possess machinery.

Sun temples were generally built for spiritual or religious activities which often included sacrifices and prayers that were dedicated to either a solar deity or the sun. Temples such as these have been built by numerous different cultures and are seen around the world in locations such as Egypt, China, Peru, and Japan, among others. The majority of the sun temples today are no more than ruins and are undergoing restoration, excavation or preservation, with some being on the list as World Heritage Sites.

One of the most famous of sun temples in China is the Temple of the Sun, which is located in Beijing and which is said to have dated back to 130 and the Ming dynasty. This temple was used by the imperial court where elaborate acts often took place, including the sacrifice of animals, prayers, and fasting. It is now one part of a public park.

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