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Remains of Neolithic Titan discovered in Guangxi
www.chinaview.cn 2005-04-25 10:03:00

    NANNING, April 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Archaeologists in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China, have unearthed remains of an 180-centimeter-tall man from a tomb dating back more than 6,000 years.

    "Such a tall man was seen rarely in south China in ancient times," said Huang Xin, head of the Cultural Relics Management Institute of Youjiang District, Baise City. Huang is one of the archaeologists who took part in the recent excavation at the Neolithic site in Gongyuan Village, Yangxu Town of Baise City.

    Huang said they were amazed to see the bones of ancient people scattering at the site are thicker than that of modern people, andthey were even awestruck by a stone totem in the shape of penis unearthed from the site.

    Apart from remains of human beings, archaeologists also found alarge number of stone tools such as stone hammers and chisels, andremains of wildlife like bears, monkeys and deer.

    With an area of 800 sq km, the Baise Basin, where the Neolithicsite is located, lies between South China's Yunnan-Guizhou Plateauand Southeast Asia, a crucial location in the study of the origins,evolution and migration of ancient peoples, experts said.

    Archaeologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences spotted stone implements in a Paleolithic site, dating back 800,000 years,in Baise in 1973. The finding suggested that ancient residents in Asia had the same ability to make tools as ancient Africans, thus doing away with the "Movius line" theory, which labels East Asia as culturally stagnant whreas western Eurasia and Africa as progressive, according to experts.

    Whether the discovery of these Neolithic graves and the remainsof an ancient very large man can lead to a conclusion that a kind of tall ancient race that lived in the Youjiang River Valley thousands of years ago requires further study, said Huang. Enditem

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