The Japan Times
October 30, 2002

China digs up 8,200-year-old town

BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) The remains of a village thought to date back 8,200 years has been unearthed by archaeologists in China's Inner Mongolia region, state press said Tuesday.

The primitive settlement, found in Chifeng in the far north of the country, is the largest and best preserved early village ever found in China, the China Daily newspaper said.

So far 11 rectangular houses and 10 tombs have been explored and archaeologists believe the village contains a total of 150 houses, divided into three areas.

Previous excavations in the same area have unearthed dwellings housing tombs, as well as household utensils and artifacts made from jade — the oldest such items found, the report said.