LANZHOU, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Household items, including stone and bone
vessels, dating back 4,000 years have been unearthed at the Xihetan Ruins, in
northwest China's 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
Within the excavated area of 11,000 square meters, 53 household items, 536
pits in a variety of shapes and sizes, and many stone and bone vessels had been
The Xihetan 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 northwest China.
Archaeologists say the Xihetan Ruins may cover more than 500,000 square
meters, and prove invaluable in the research of ethnic groups along the