Prehistoric cave may unveil mysteries of ancient Gelao people

13:21, December 08, 2010      

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Ruins in a prehistoric cave have been found at Daozhen Miao and Gelao Autonomous County in Guizhou Province, Xinhua reported on Dec. 6.

The cave, which is located at the Monkey Cave in Zhongxin Town, Daozhen County, might shed light on the daily lifestyles and culture of the Gelao people's ancestors.

As of now, archaeological departments of Guizhou Province have sent a professional team to join the investigation and research work with the local cultural relics administration, and the investigation report has been released before further excavation.

Primary exploration shows that the Monkey Cave is 8 meters wide, 7 meters deep and 5.2 meters high; the cave's bottom is flat with sufficient sunshine and dry air. However, four huge stones, which fell during the early period of the cave, take up most of the space inside. Stones on the top of cave are loose, so it is not safe to stay in the cave for long time.

It might carry cultural elements belonging to the Gelao people's ancestors, who were the first people to develop China's southwestern region. But they left behind little archaeological evidence for modern people to observe. At the same time, the cave might also provide new hints for research of the Gelao people's history, ancient Ye Lang culture and the ancient Ba Kingdom.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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