XINHUA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE
April 28, 2000
KUNMING - Chinese archaeologists have discovered caves used by
ancient people beings 15,000 years ago in Eshan County, southwest
China's Yunnan Province.
Researchers from the Yuxi City Cultural Relics Management Bureau
discovered traces of fire in places two meters underground, and
unearthed one-meter-thick calcified ashes at the caves in Shulin
Village, Eshan County.
They also collected some fossilized teeth of mammals such as the
giant tapir, the Chinese rhinoceros, horses and South China porcupines,
as well as burned bones and chewed bones.
Based on the rough bone tools excavated in the area, researchers
inferred that the ancient people lived in these caves prior to the
Eshan County is located in an area with karst landforms and numerous
caves. Evidence of ancient people living 15,000 to 10,000 years
ago were found in 1993 in Tadian town's Laolong Cave, some 10 kilometers
away from the Shulin Village caves. From the Laolong cave, various
stone and bone tools, items made of horns and animal fossils were