Rare Ancient Monastery Moat Discovered in Tibet
07-24-2018    Xinhua
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>October 25, 2006, Xinhua</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Lhasa</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- Chinese archaeologists have discovered a 700-year-old rare moat surrounding a monastery in southwest <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s Tibet Autonomous Region.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"The unearthed part of the moat whirled its way about every five meters in a square manner, which has been a shape rarely found in history both at home and abroad," said Zhang Jianlin, deputy director of the Shaanxi Archeology and Research Institute.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The excavated section of the river way is 8.8 meters deep, 6 meters and 3.3 meters wide on its upside and downside respectively, said Zhang, who took charge of the excavation work.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The moat is 17 meters far from the Sagya Monastery in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sagya</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">County</st1:PlaceType>, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Xigaze</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">City</st1:PlaceType> in the southern part of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region>. The monastery was built in the 13th century when the county was a political and religious center for the region.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"This kind of moat was recorded in the local historical data and I also heard about it from the elders," said Bandian Toinyu, director with the management committee of the monastery. "But I have never seen such moat before."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The whirling moat looked beautiful and might be helpful for defense in wartime, according to Bandian Toinyu.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Sagya Monastery covers an area of 14,700 square meters. The building began to be restored in 2002 at a cost of 86 million yuan (10 million U.S. dollars). The renovation is expected to complete at the end of this year.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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