Shepherds find 6,000-year-old unusual tools in China

(ORDO NEWS) — An important archaeological discovery was made in China by simple shepherds.

During a cattle drive in Inner Mongolia, they drew attention to strange stone tools, which, as it turned out later, were left at the site of the Neolithic age 6000 years old.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the discovery was made in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, in northern China.

The Neolithic monument, whose age may even exceed 6000 years, was accidentally discovered by shepherds.

According to the bureau of culture and tourism of the city of Ulankab, they drew attention to the wasteland, devoid of grass and literally dotted with strangely shaped stone tools.

The shepherds reported their find to the authorities. An expedition was organized to the place of the find.

As a result of field research, archaeologists did find a large number of stone tools. Among them there are tools for cutting, grinding plates, knives and axes.

Some of them turned out to be almost intact, which will greatly help in their study. Shells and pottery were also found.

Experts identified the site as a Neolithic settlement of the Miaodogou type, characteristic of the Yangshao culture, the oldest in China.

By the way, this is only the second case of the discovery of a Neolithic site of this type in the above area.

Yangshao was a culture that originated in the middle reaches of the Yellow River. It is believed that it flourished between 5,000 and 7,000 years ago.

This culture is known to scientists for the advanced technologies for the manufacture of pottery for its time.

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