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24 July 2004
Prehistoric village rebuilt in Inner Mongolia

A prehistoric village from the Hongshan culture has been rebuilt at Chifeng City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to commemorate the naming of that Neolithic culture..
     The village has been restored so that visitors can gain an insight into what life was like for their forefathers 5,500 years ago. The attraction - which covers more than six hectares of land in the Hongshan Forest Park - features six houses and a fish pond, as well as dozens of sculptures depicting the daily life of hunting, fishing and the production of stone and chinaware implements.
    The site was excavated in 1935, and in 1954 the culture of its inhabitants was formally named as the Hongshan culture by the noted historian and archaeologist Yin Da in his book "Neolithic Age in China". The Hongshan culture is held to helped form the foundation of mainstream Chinese culture, and produced delicate painted pottery pieces, large sacrificial sites, jade figurines of phoenixes and dragons from 5,500 to 6,000 years ago.

Source: China View (17 July 2004)

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