5,000-year-old village ruins found in China

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 01, 2010 08:40 hrs

Archaeologists in China have found the ruins of two 5,000-year-old villages in Mongolia.

The ruins in Hamin'aile village in Tongliao city in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have been identified as possibly originating from Hongshan culture, dating back 5,000 years, said Ji Ping, a researcher at the Institute of Cultural and Historical Relics and Archaeology.

About 1,200 square metres have been excavated, and houses and tombs had been found, China Daily reported.

A second group of ruins was found in Nanbaoligaotu village with a total area of 10,000 square metres, and over 200 earthenware, stoneware and jadeware articles have been discovered.

'We have also found bones of deer and rodent animals, on the basis of which we suppose the people lived by hunting,' he added.