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Ancient China: Satellite and Drone Imagery of Prehistoric Silk Road Corridor Reveals Long
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient irrigation system in northwestern China that explains how the region’s herding communities were able grow crops in one of the driest climates anywhere in the world. The system, dated to around the 3rd or 4th century A.D. and lost for centuries, lies in the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains—part of the central corridor of the prehistoric Silk Road. A team of archaeologists from Washington University in St. Louis made the discovery using data from drone and satellite imagery. read more


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