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10 April 2004
7,400-year-old worship site found in China

A worship site discovered in the Gaomiao ashes in central China's Hunan province indicates the people there enjoyed a rich spiritual life 7,400 years ago, making it the oldest religious site discovered so far in China, according to archeologists. Located at west Hunan's Hongjiang city, the Gaomiao ashes is one of the well-preserved sites of the Neolithic age.
     The provincial archaeological institution organized an excavation at the 15,000-sq-m historical site, and discovered sites built for worship together with a number of tools used in the worship, like white gallipots and ivory engravings. The archaeologists He Gang said the elegant image of a phoenix on one gallipot reflected an advanced sculpture craftsmanship 7,400 years ago, which was a proof of people's wisdom and spiritual richness at that time.

Source: People's Daily (4 April 2004)

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