5,000-yr-old house ruins discovered in north China

TAIYUAN (Xinhua) – Chinese archaeologists have discovered house ruins dating back 5,000 to 7,000 years ago in north China’s Shanxi Province, according to local authorities last Saturday.

According to the provincial archaeological institute, the relics were excavated in Degang Village, Luliang after a two-month rescue excavation began in April. An estimated area of 5,000 square metres has been excavated so far.

Archaeologists discovered a group of half-carved pentagon house ruins of the Neolithic Yangshao Culture, including oval-shaped fireplace relics and fragments of bottles and potteries.

The Yangshao Culture, dating back to 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, originated on the middle reaches of the Yellow River and is considered an important stream of Chinese civilisation.

The largest house ruin covers an area of 137 square metres, along with a fireplace with a diameter of 1.4 to 1.7 metres and a 4.2-metre-long and 0.8-metre-wide stone doorway.