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13 August 2005
Pig-raising in China dates back to 8,000 years ago

Researchers with Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IA, CASS) have recently found the traces of agriculture and livestock, which can be traced back to 8,000 years ago.
     Through measuring, observation as well as study on the pig bones of 8,000 years ago excavated from the Xiaoshan Kuahuqian Neolithic Age site in east China's Zhejiang province, Yuanli, a researcher with IA, CASS confirmed that people living in this site had begun to raise pigs. This assertion has provided valuable clues for confirming the history of pig-raising in China was more than 8,000 years.
     Meanwhile, Zhao Zhijun, researcher with IA, CASS found millet and broom corn millet of 8,000 years ago through flotation method at Chifeng Xianglonggou site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. This new finding also changed the traditional idea that dry farming in north China was originated and developed with Yellow River as its core.

Source: People's Daily Online (12 August 2005)

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