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The Great Wall of China is more than twice as long as originally believed, according to the first definitive archaeological survey of the iconic ancient defensive structure.
Released by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), the survey began in 2007, mapping every trace of the wall across 15 Chinese provinces.
It emerged that the wall is much longer than previously thought. Indeed, it measures 13,170.6956 miles, or 21,196.18 km. A preliminary study released in 2009 estimated the wall to snake 5,500 miles, or 8,850 km across the country.
Originally posted by AngryCymraeg
Excellent post. People often don't realise that the Great Wall of China was built in many stages, with the earliest parts in mudbrick, which is not a durable building material over the long term - given enough rain, enough wind, enough neglect and enough peasants needing to 'borrow' parts of it, even the largest wall can become a line on a ridge.
Originally posted by Ameilia
No idea personally that the wall was fragmented and had split offs. Great find!
Originally posted by NullVoid
You forgot to include the dead bodies as building materials, yep they really do that.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
I heard the Great Wall is also known as the longest and largest Graveyard, considering how many people died during it's various construction periods by so many for so long.