2022 Undergraduate Research Showcase


The Great Wall of China

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Dr. Kirsten Davis


The Great Wall of China is a wall that is 16-26 feet tall and just over 13,000 miles long with construction beginning as early as the Spring and Autumn Period (this is 770-476 BC) with the majority being completed during the periods of the Qin Dynasty (214-204 BC) and Han Dynasty (201BC-8AD). However, the structure was still being worked on into the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The structure was built to protect China’s northern border. The location of the Great Wall of China is mainly in northern China, although there are a few sections of it in southern China called the southern Great Wall. The Great Wall of China was built and reconstructed with several materials throughout the 22 centuries or so of its construction. These materials were rammed earth and wood, brick, quarried granite, and even marble blocks. In the 17th century, the Manchu emperors extended Chinese rule into Inner Mongolia, making the wall-less important as a defense, although it did retain its importance as a symbol of Chinese identity and culture.

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