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14 July 2012
5,300-year-old Mongolian statue pieced together

Archaeologists of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have finished restoring a 5,300-year-old pottery statue from fragments unearthed in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The fragments of the pottery statue were found at the Xinglonggou  site in Aohan banner of Chifeng city in May.
     Experts began to reassemble the statue from fragments on June 30, and finished restoring the statue after about a week, said Liu Guoxiang, leader of the first archaeology team of Inner Mongolia. The restored seated figure is 55-cm tall with big bulging eyes, a high nose and vivid facial expression. It was pieced together from 65 fragments. "The statue may be of a wizard or leader in the Hongshan Culture period (a Neolithic culture dating back 5,000-6,000 years)," added Liu.
     
Edited from China Daily (7 July 2012)

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