Remains of the Qingjiangpu Wall revealed under the construction site of North Gate Bridge

  • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 23:56
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The remains of the Qingjiangpu Wall The remains of the Qingjiangpu Wall CHEN Zhe

On July 16, 2014, workers at the construction site of North Gate Bridge Control Project accidentally found some ancient-look bricks and block stones. Local archaeological experts identified them as the wall remains of Qingjiangpu.

On August 6, Huai’an officially filed the application for archaeological excavation of the Qingjiangpu Wall of Qinghe County.

Dating from 1415, Qingjiangpu was the canal name from Qinghe Pier to Huaicheng, Shanyang (the present Huai’an District). Afterwards it became the name of a town. The area of Qingjiangpu was under the jurisdiction of Shanyang County, Huai’an City in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In 1761, the town of Qinghe County (located at Matou Town, Huaiyin District) was destroyed by floods. As a result, the Qing Dynasty assigned Qingjiangpu to Qinghe County as the new seat of the county government in 1762.

In 1860, the 10-kms-long business and commercial street was burnt to ashes by Nianjun, an anti-Qing peasants’ military force. At that time, the town of Qingjiangpu was only protected by earthen wall. In 1865, WU Tang, the Caoyun Governor-General, decided to build the new wall of Qingjiangpu with the block stones from the dam of Hongze Lake. But this time the scale of the wall was reduced only to cover the working and living area of the officials in the city center.

According to Qinghe County Annals, the stone wall was about 4,000 meters long and 6 meter high. There were four gates, Anlan Gate in the east, Dengjia Gate in the west, Yingxun Gate in the south and Gongchen Gate in the north. The new archaeological discovery is remains of the north gate of the Qingjiangpu Wall, Gongchen Gate.

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