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Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland


Archaeologists have discovered residential ruins dating to the Neolithic Age on a grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.


Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland
Credit: Xinhua



According to the regional research institute of relics and archaeology, the ruins were found on the Xianghuang Banner grassland, with more than 270 decayed houses unearthed, in addition to animal bones, pottery and a vast array of stoneware.


Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland

Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland

Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland
Credit: Xinhua



Based on the discoveries, experts concluded that the ruins belong to the Yumin culture, a civilization discovered in 2015 and believed to be the beginning of the Neolithic Age on the grasslands of northern China.


Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland

Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland

Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland
Credit: Xinhua



The tribespeople of the Yumin culture followed a pattern of seasonal migration, relying on hunting and tools for their survival. The newly discovered ruins display the hallmarks of typical Yumin settlements.


Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland

Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland

Residential ruins of Neolithic Age found on north China grassland
Credit: Xinhua

The ruins will offer valuable clues for the research of prehistoric culture in northeast Asia and the primitive lifestyle in northern China, according to the research institute. 


Source: Xinhua News Agency [September 21, 2020]



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