Palaeolithic cave site excavated in north China

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More than 200 artefacts were recently discovered in a Palaeolithic cave site in north China’s Tianjin Municipality, local cultural heritage protection authorities said Thursday.

Palaeolithic cave site excavated in north China
Chaoyang Cave No. 1 [Credit: Tianjin Cultural
Relics Management Center]



The site is located on a hill in Guoxiangyu Village, Jizhou District. Ten stone tools were unearthed in previous excavations at the entrance of the cave.

Palaeolithic cave site excavated in north China
Archaeologists excavating the site [Credit: Tianjin Cultural
 Relics Management Center]



The new round of excavation was conducted by the cultural heritage protection center of Tianjin, the research center for Chinese frontier archaeology of Jilin University and the cultural relics protection and management institute of Jizhou.

Palaeolithic cave site excavated in north China
Palaeolithic cave site excavated in north China
Some stone tools unearthed from Chaoyang Cave [Credit: Tianjin Cultural
Relics Management Center]



Sheng Lishuang, deputy director of the cultural heritage protection center of Tianjin, said more than 100 items of stone tools and animal skeletons were unearthed in a bigger cave, while the others were found in a smaller cave.

Palaeolithic cave site excavated in north China
Archaeological staff cleaning excavated stone tools [Credit: Tianjin Cultural
Relics Management Center]

The stone implements, including flints, blades, scrapers and drills, have been sent to professional testing institutions.

“The results will be able to tell us how old the site is,” Sheng said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [November 29, 2019]

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