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Archeologists confirm location of capital 4,200 yrs ago

Chinese archaeologists announced Wednesday they have confirmed the location of the capital of the Yao period about 4,200 years ago.

“The archaeological circle has reached a consensus that Taosi is the capital of the period of Yao,” said Wang Wei, head of the institute of archeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Yao was one of the sage emperors living in the middle reaches of the Yellow River in Chinese mythology. Excavation of the Taosi site in Linfen City, Shanxi Province, began in l978.

Latest excavations showed the ancient city of Taosi covered an area of 2.8 million square meters with various functional divisions, said He Nu, a researcher with the institute at a seminar on Yao culture. Read more.

Taosi Confirmed as 4,200-Year-Old Legendary Capital of Chinese Hero Emperor

Chinese archaeologists say they have confirmed the ancient capital of legendary emperor Yao Tangdi, who lived 4,200 years ago and who is said to have brought peace and “illumined the people.” Yao has been considered mythical by some, but the Chinese government says this perfect ruler was real, not mythical.

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Scientists discover Emperor Yao's capital

The first kingdom with the name China was located in Shanxi province at a site that traces its history back 4,200 years, archaeologists announced on Thursday.

Taosi, sitting at the foot of Chongshan Mountain in Linfen’s Xiangfen county, has been shown to be the capital of the Yao period kingdom, said Wang Wei of the Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

“The site has the earliest kingdom relics we’ve found in the middle reaches of the Yellow River,” Wang said. “Yao was one of the sage emperors living in the area. We believe Taosi is the empire’s capital.” Read more.