The Next (Il)logical Step in the Lost Crassus Army Saga

I’ve really got to start doing some serious stretching before I start reading email these days; I think I just injured myself shaking my head for the umpteenth time … from China Daily:

Construction has begun on a 200 million yuan ($30 million) project to restore the ancient town of Liqian from its ruins in Yongchang county, Northwest China’s Gansu province, local paper the Lanzhou Morning Post reported Friday.

City invests 200m yuan to restore Roman flavor

The project involves restoring the remains of an ancient fortification, strikingly similar to Roman defense structures and covering about one square kilometer. The project will bring the town back to life, with Roman-style residential buildings, a temple, a street and a square all being rebuilt.

As previously reported by the China Daily, today Liqian is a village of fewer than 100 households in Northwest China’s Gansu province with a historic link to the Roman Empire.

The remote village on the edge of the Gobi Desert captured international attention in the 1980s when media became aware some of the mainly Han residents had several unexpected physical features — wavy blond hair, hooked noses, and blue or green eyes. In other words, European features, suggesting a Roman settlement in the area at some point.

The project is expected to finish in 2013.

Of course, projects like this are only encouraged by journalistic coverage such as we’ve already mentioned:

… and by now, we ancient blogger types are used to being routinely ignored by the journalistic set:

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