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Lijiang's tomb group listed as top 10 Yunnan archaeological discoveries

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Photo shows a broken pottery excavated from the tomb groups of neolithic age in Yongsheng County, Lijiang City, Yunnan. [Photo Source:yunnan.cn]

The tomb groups of Neolithic age in Yongsheng County, Lijiang City, Yunnan was listed as top eight Yunnan archaeological discoveries in 2011. Ornaments and tools made of bronze, stones, bones, shell, and jade were excavated from the site.

The discovery of the tombs was announced April last year. During the excavation, archaeologists excavated 140 ancient tombs and 18 ancient house foundations, covering an area of more than 17,500 square meters. The results have great significance in archaeology for our understanding of origins of modern humans.

It was reported that the tombs group has a large scale and dense distribution. At the excavation site, archaeologists found something special, including family joint burial, special construction styles and some unique burial customs. In addition, they also found various precious cultural relics under unique cultural background.

At present, excavation work of the tombs has been completed. Archaeological experts will conduct further identification on specific details.

The Neolithic period began about 10,000 years ago in the Middle East and is considered to be the end of the Stone Age. It is marked by the emergence of rudimentary agriculture and ended with the appearance of metal tools, either bronze or iron, depending on the part of the world in question.

The Jinsha River or Gold Sands River is important to the cultural origins of southern China. Human activity was found on the riverbank as far back as 27 thousand years ago, initiating debate over the origin of the Chinese people. From the Han Dynasty, the region of the Jinsha River became more and more important in China's culture.

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