Ancient Cemetery Discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered a 6,000-year-old cemetery in China’s Shaanxi province.

The cemetery, covering about 90,000 sq.metres, is located near the Yangguanzhai ruins, which belonged to a late Neolithic culture called the Yangshao that originated on the middle reaches of the Yellow river and is considered the main precursor of Chinese civilisation.

It is the largest cemetery from the Yangshao Culture period.

The site has been excavated by archaeologists with the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology since 2015. By the end of 2016, 182 tombs were found in an area of more than 1,900 sq. metres.

Researcher Wang Weilin headed the excavation.