More than 6,000 years old silkworm cocoons and pupae found in China

(ORDO NEWS) — According to the Institute of Archeology of Jilin University, two stone-carved silkworm cocoons and two more stone pupae were found in Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province in northern China, and are more than 6,000 years old.

According to the deputy director of the aforementioned institute, Fang Qi, who is the head of a group of experts engaged in archaeological excavations in the city of Yuncheng, the four artifacts belong to the early period of the Yangshao culture, which is considered an important part of Chinese civilization.

New archaeological finds provide important clues about the role of silkworm farming and cocooning in daily production and life as far back as the Yangshao culture in the Yuncheng Basin, considered the main birthplace of Chinese civilization, Fang said.

At the excavation site in Shicun Village, Xiaxian County in Yuncheng City, archaeologists also unearthed dwellings, ash pits and ditches, tombs and pottery kilns, as well as many cultural relics, including ceramic and stone tools, jade and metal products, and artefacts from bones and shells.

Experts believe that the ruins at Shicun Village may be a primitive silkworm breeding and silk-spinning workshop located next to a large residential settlement.

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