Year 7 History Research Task- Ancient Civilisations
Report by Caitlin Mewett Mids c- The Great Wall of China page: 1
The Great wall of China was an ancient gigantic defensive project. It is one of the largest construction projects ever completed. The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest wonders of the world today.
The Chinese worked on the Great Wall for over 1700 years.When it was their turn, each emperor added pieces of the wall to protect their dynasties. However the wall was not a stable wall. It was more like a line of disconnected barricades.
The first Emperor Qin wanted a much greater barricade to protect his people from the Mongol trespassers from the north. He wanted a solid wall of 30 feet wide and 50 feet high. Emperor Qin used peasants, captured enemies, criminals, educated people, and anyone who annoyed him, and put them all to work building the first part of the Great Wall. Labourers and workers were not paid for their effort, it was a type of slave duty. Over 3000 people worked on the wall during the time of the Qin Dynasty. Rocks fell heavily on people, the walls caved in, and workers died of exhaustion,disease and many illnesses. Labourers/workers/farmers were fed only enough food to keep them alive. It is known that there is an old Chinese saying, "Each stone in the wall represents a life lost in the wall's construction".
This plan continued long after the first Emperor Qin’s death. Building the wall was a project that went on for many hundreds of years until the wall was over 3700 miles long. Almost every emperor used the same system/process that Qin used, forced labor.
The Wall is made up of dirt, mud, stone and brick. It is roughly between 5 and 9 metres tall and up to 8 metres wide. Also being 851.8 km (5,500 miles) long. A small,narrow road runs on the top of the wall. Towers, every couple hundred metres were built to store military supplies and weapons. They were constructed of watch posts and were used...
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