China's archeological findings reported

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The following are highlights of China's archeological findings reported Friday:

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINT

A fossil with a dinosaur's footprint was found in Dongyang city of eastern China's Zhejiang Province where a number of dinosaur fossils have been unearthed in recent years.

Chinese and Japanese archaeologists who found the fossil, about 40 centimeters in diameter, confirmed it dated back around 85 million years and belonged to a dinosaur of China's Dongyang species.

Archaeologists named the Dongyang species after the discovery of a fossil featuring the skeleton of a five meters tall and 15 meter long herbivorous dinosaur in Dongyang city in 2007.

In recent years, more than 30 fossils of dinosaur eggs and skeletons of the giraffe-like Dongyang dinosaur were unearthed in Dongyang, suggesting this place might be a dinosaur mass habitation prior to human history at Mesozoic era.

PRIMITIVE TRIBAL VILLAGE

The ruins of a primitive tribal village, dating back to the Neolith era about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, were discovered in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The ruins covered an area of 189,200 square meters and archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of cemeteries, houses and pits in it, together with pottery pieces and fossils of fowl remains.

ANCIENT ALTAR

Archaeologists have found a ruins site believed to be part of an ancient altar dating back at least 3,600 years in Bengbu city of central China's Anhui Province.

The ruins contain three rectangular pits, each with a number of cylindrical holes in a neat row, which archaeologists suspect were temporary shelters built as part of an altar.

A number of pottery pieces -- thought to be altar offerings -- were also unearthed around the site.

A similar ruins site was discovered in previous excavations near the new site. The sites altogether covered an area of 10,000 square meters.

The discoveries, if confirmed, could shed lights on how warlords in China's ancient time met and prayed, archaeologists said.

Source: Xinhua

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