New discoveries at prehistoric site


HOUSEHOLD items, including stone and bone vessels, dating back 4,000 years have been unearthed at the Xihetan Ruins, in Gansu Province. 

Prof Zhao Congcang with the Archaeology Department of the Northwest China University announced that the first phase dig at the Xihetan Ruins had been completed. 

Within the excavated area of 11,000 sq m, 53 household items, 536 pits in a variety of shapes and sizes, and many stone and bone vessels had been discovered. 

The ruins are an important prehistoric site, located along the route of China's west-east natural gas pipeline project as well as at the famous “Gansu Corridor”, an important communication channel in ancient north-west China. 

The ruins may span over 500,000 sq m. – People's Daily  

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