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10 May 2010
Ancient rock paintings discovered in China

Archaeologist Ma Baoguang recently found some 1,000 hieroglyphic rock paintings in Yangce Town, Biyang County of east-central China's Henan province. Ma went to Yangce with his students for an archaeological investigation on the eve of the May Day holiday. They spent over a week there and have found approximately 1,000 rock paintings of various types within an area of 5 square kilometers in villages such as Chenzhou, Tangligou, Xuzhuang, Leigutai, Anzhai, and Guogang.
     Ma told reporters that he was deeply impressed by a large stone which is 8 meters long and 3.7 meters wide. There are more than 500 small cups of different sizes carved on the surface of the stone and several relatively larger cups that are 13 to 20 centimeters in diameter and three to seven centimeters in depth. These cups are connected by various lines, forming a very large ancient diagram.
     "It is quite incredible that a large stone carries 'Hetu and Luoshu' (map of the Yellow River and the book of the Luo River) on one of its faces," Ma said. Two sides of the stone are carved with several cups. This is the first time that a Juci Mountain-style rock painting has been found on a stone.

Source: People's Daily Onine (6 May 2010)

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