Modern Chinese archeology: backyard furnaces from the Great Leap Forward

From Danwei:

A group of more than 150 steel furnaces stretching two kilometers across a hillside was recently discovered in Gansu Province.

The furnaces date from the Great Leap Forward, when the entire country was mobilized to turn scrap iron into steel using small-scale furnaces, with the aim of doubling the national output. The project was a total disaster and the furnaces were abandoned two years later.

And Frog in a Well:

Great Leap Forward era backyard iron furnaces have been unearthed [via] and there is discussion about whether to preserve them as historical evidence, even a cultural heritage.

Both articles provide interesting additional links.

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