5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China’s Jiangsu

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An ancient cultural site dating back more than 5,000 years ago was found by experts from the Nanjing Museum following a three month excavation at the Zhao village archaeological site in Suqian city of Jiangsu province.

5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
Archaeologists from the Nanjing Museum excavate the cultural site at Zhao village, Meihua town, 
Sihong county, Suqian city, Jiangsu province. [Credit: IC]

The unearthed remains, from the late period of Dawenkou Culture (4100-2600 BC), have proved again the evolution of the early civilization in Jiangsu province.

5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
Bones and funeral objects are unearthed from the cultural site at Zhao village, Meihua town, 
Sihong county, Suqian city, Jiangsu province [Credit: IC]

Experts from the Nanjing Museum revealed that so far 18 tombs have been discovered and abundant funeral objects were also unearthed.

5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
Bones and funeral objects are unearthed from the cultural site at Zhao village, Meihua town, 
Sihong county, Suqian city, Jiangsu province [Credit: IC]

The unearthed objects help the experts learn more about the funeral customs and living habits of people during that period, providing a more sufficient physical basis for the study of prehistoric society in Jiangsu province.

5,000 year old tombs unearthed in China's Jiangsu
Funeral objects are unearthed from the cultural site at Zhao village, Meihua town, 
Sihong county, Suqian city, Jiangsu province [Credit: IC]

The Dawenkou Culture, first named after remains in Tai’an city of Shandong province, was distributed in Shandong, north of Jiangsu and southeast of Henan and the Liaodong Peninsula.

Source: China Daily [December 13, 2016]

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