Skull dates over 10,000 years ago

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

Ahu­man skull found near the bor­ders of China, Mon­go­lia and Rus­sia is con­firmed as dat­ing back more than 10,000 years. A car­bon-14 dat­ing study on four skull sam­ples dis­cov­ered at Jalainur Dis­trict, Manzhouli City in north­ern China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­tonomous Re­gion con­firmed the ear­li­est sam­ple was around 10,113 years old. The other three were found to date from 7,400 years, 1,600 years and 1,000 years. Wu Xiao­hong, with the school of ar­chae­ol­ogy and muse­ol­ogy of Pek­ing Univer­sity, told a press con­fer­ence in Bei­jing, “These find­ings prove that hu­mans had lived in the Jalainur area for 10,000 years.”

Jalainur, a county-level dis­trict un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Manzhouli City, is lo­cated near Rus­sia and Mon­go­lia. It is be­lieved to be the ori­gin of the prairie cul­ture in north­ern China. His­toric records show ma­jor north­ern tribes, in­clud­ing Xiongnu, Xian­bei and Khi­tan, used to live there.

The first Jalainur skull was found in 1933 when coal min­ers were dig­ging at an open col­liery. By 1996, 22 such skulls had been dis­cov­ered. As most of these hu­man skulls were not ex­ca­vated by pro­fes­sional ar­chae­ol­o­gists from the orig­i­nal for­ma­tions they were lo­cated, it was hard to de­ter­mine ex­actly how old the skulls were, said Zhu Hong, an­other team mem­ber from Jilin Univer­sity.

How­ever, the car­bon-14 study has set­tled the dat­ing prob­lem, and the re­sults and the pot­tery ruins un­earthed there proved that Jalainur peo­ple lived at least 10,000 years ago in the Ne­olithic Age, the same pe­riod when Up­per Cave Man lived, Zhu con­firmed.

A hu­man skull fos­sil dis­cov­ered at Jalainur Dis­trict at Jalainur Mu­seum in Manzhouli, north China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­tonomous Re­gion. A car­bon-14 dat­ing study con­firmed the ear­li­est skull was around 10,113 years old

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