| 1 November 2003
Neolithic skeleton discovered in Beijing
Chinese archeologists have claimed discovery of a Neolithic human body that lived about 10,000 years ago in Donghulin Village in Beijing's western outskirts.
The human skeleton discovered just over a week ago, dubbed Donghulin Man, was believed to be the missing link between Beijing's Upper Cave Man living approximately 30,000 years ago and the ensuing modern humans in Beijing areas.
The body, about 1.65 meters long, is well-preserved except for breakage at the left eye socket. A jade object with the length of a little finger, was found between the nose and mouth as a probable decoration. Scientists did not disclose the gender and further study is still underway. Archeologists also discovered an intact tomb bearing direct relationship with the stratum, the first of its kind since the Donghulin relics site was first discovered in 1966. Beside the tomb, scientists also discovered several sites with traces of fire use and scattered with stone wares, and animal bones and teeth.
In 1966, Hao Shougang, a then college student of Peking University, came across three skeletons dug out by Donghulin villagers in the Mentougou District of Beijing, the first sight of Donghulin Men, but they disappeared and their whereabouts became unknown afterwards. In July 2001, the site yielded a batch of significant stone wares, pottery, bone wares and relics with marks of fire use.
Source: Xinhuna News Agency (29 October 2003)
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