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Ancient Village Ruins Discovered in China

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Researchers in southwestern China have discovered ruins of a large village that dates back four-and-a-half thousand years.

The ancient village—located in Chengjiang County, Yunnan province—was first discovered in 2009. The initial stage of excavations started last November.

[Jiang Zhilong, Yunnan Archaeology Research Institution]:
"In the past, our understanding of Yunnan culture was based on materials from graves. So this excavation fills in a gap in the field of discovering village relics from ancient Yunnan culture."

Where buildings once stood, archaeologists found household items made of pottery, bronze, stone, and copper.

From the scorched marks on the walls of kiln-like structures, researchers believe the village could have been a copperware workshop.

[Jiang Zhilong, Yunnan Archaeology Research Institution]:
"From these excavated relics, we can make an initial estimate that that their age dates back to around 2500 BC, earlier than what we had previously found from Yunnan culture."

The site occupies two-and-a-half acres and contains building ruins of 20 houses.

The final phase of the excavation will be completed soon. According to Jiang, this excavation will contribute to the research of the origins of Yunnan culture.

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