China’s largest shell mound discovered in Yunnan
Archaeologists have discovered China’s largest shell mound in Haitong County, Yunnan province. The shells, dug out from a 9-meter-deep pit, belong to a kind of rare spiral shell indigenous to lakes in Yunnan Plateau, but they are extinct today, according to Zhu Zhonghua, an expert from the Yunnan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
|Shells dug out in Haitong County [Credit: Chinanews]|
|Shell middens can be seen in this 9-metre-deep pit [Credit: Chinanews]|
The copper ore and its byproducts discovered in the pit indicate that people living beside Qilu Lake had begun to produce bronze wares as early as 3,400 years ago.
|An archaeologist shows a bronze fishing hook and pottery unearthed at the site [Credit: Chinanews]|
|Thousands of pottery fragmanets were unearthed at the site [Credit: Chinanews]|
Source: People's Daily Online [October 26, 2016]