2,000-year-old stoves found in ancient China battlefield

"They were built on the hillside for two reasons, to be sheltered from the wind and hidden from enemies," said Li Junjie, vice chairman of the Changping Battle research institute.

The Battle of Changping took place in 260 B.C. between the state of Qin and the state of Zhao during the Warring States Period.

The decisive victory of Qin secured its prominence and ultimately allowed Qin to unify China in 221 B.C.

Pottery pieces and iron arrowheads were also found near the stoves. "Arrows with iron heads were main weapons of the state of Zhao," said Li.

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