1,000 an­cient cliff paint­ings found

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Ho­hhot

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered around 1,000 cliff paint­ings dat­ing back more than 1,000 years in north­ern China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

The paint­ings are sur­pris­ingly well pre­served, and fea­ture sheep, camels, elk, tigers, wolves and peo­ple hunt­ing, said Liu Bin, head of the Cul­tural Relics Bu­reau of Urad Mid­dle Ban­ner.

The im­ages are be­lieved to have been en­graved by an­cient tribal peo­ples known as the Tu­jue and the Dangx­i­ang, from which the modern Qiang are de­scended, about 1,000 to 1,500 years ago, Liu said.

The new dis­cov­er­ies are among many found across the Yin­shan moun­tain range, and will greatly in­form re­search into an­cient no­madic peo­ples, he added.

Over 10,000 an­cient cliff paint­ings have been dis­cov­ered in the Yin­shan-Moun­tains.

In 2012, 18 cliff paint­ings dat­ing back over 4,000 years were dis­cov­ered in the same area. Among the paint­ings, seven faces were ex­ag­ger­ated and mon­strous, and have been in­ter­preted as the seven stars of the “Big Dip­per” con­stel­la­tion.

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