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