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24-08-06, 04:50

China claims it ruled oil-rich Xinjiang 1000 years ago
Beijing, Aug 23: China today claimed to have discovered new material evidence that the remote oil-rich region of Xinjiang was ruled by Chinese rulers more than 1,000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Archaeologists in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region said they have discovered the ruins of a military fort dating back more than 1,000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty in Tekes County.

Located in the Bostan village on the northern bank of the Tekes River, the military fort was a barrack of Xiaoxiangjun, an army unit equal to today's battalion, consisting about 300 soldiers, Lu Enguo, a research fellow with the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regional Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Research Institute, said.

Muslim Uygur militants have been waging a low-intensity struggle to make Xinjiang, formally established on October 1, 1955, an independent state called 'East Turkistan'. They contest Beijing' s claim that Xinjiang was part of China.

Discovery of the military fort proved that the area had been under the administration by the central authorities of the Tang Dynasty, Lu was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The military fort was named as Ancient Town of Bostan following the name of Bostan village.

The southern and northern walls of the Bostan town each is 206 meters long and its western wall extends for 162 meters. All the three walls are well-preserved and stood five to seven meters high. The eastern wall has collapsed.

Archaeologist also discovered large quantities of pottery flakes, broken animal bones and wood scraps on the ground both inside and outside the city walls. All the relics found at the site belong to the Tang Dynasty, Lu said. --- PTI Post your comment

24-08-06, 06:34
Undakta Beijingdiki Wei(wu er)gongsun, Serik uyghurlar Zhongguning ezeldin sherki turkistanning bir kismi ikenligini ispatlimamdu.