3,000 year old crocodile bones unearthed in China's Xi'an
A total of 12 bone lamellae of crocodile were discovered in the Ruins of Haojing, which was part of the capital of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1066-770 BCE), in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, according to the news released on January 11th by Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology(SPIA).
|Bone lamellae of crocodiles discovered in the Ruins of Haojing, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province |
Bone lamellae is a thin plate-like structure, often one among many lamellae very close to one another, with open space between and commonly found in reptiles.
Those bone lamellae found are puce, some are quadrate and some are round, with cellular holes on the surface. "Each bone lamella is as big as a mahjong tile, our archaeological experts thought they were crocodile bones at first sight." explains Yue Lianjian, researcher of SPIA.
"The discovery provides important materials for the study of the ecological distribution of crocodiles in the Western Zhou Dynasty." Yue added.
|Pottery kilns discovered in the Ruins of Haojing, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province |
Also, experts have deduced that people might raise crocodiles during the Western Zhou Dynasty to make Tuogu, an ancient drum, with crocodile skin. Before, Tuogu made of crocodile skin was discovered as well, CCTV reported.
Together with the crocodile bones, many other utensils were also discovered, like ancient pottery, stone and bronze implements, etc., as well as ten tombs, two pottery kilns and four wells.
Source: CRI [January 13, 2017]