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China Exclusive: 2,000-yr-old rock carving reveals China's ancient astronomy

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-19 22:25:43|Editor: Mengjie

HOHHOT, May 19 (Xinhua) -- After two years of research, archaeologists Friday confirmed astronomical engravings had been found on a 2,000-year-old rock carving in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The five holes spanning a distance of 1,000 meters were found in moorstone rocks in Yinshan Mountains in the regional capital Hohhot, said Wu Jiacai, archaeologist with Inner Mongolia Normal University.

Yinshan Mountains are famous for a large cluster of ancient rock paintings, and the carvings were found when archaeologists surveyed the area in 2015.

The 2-to-7-cm-deep holes, with diameters between 6 and 10 cm, form a string similar to a pearl necklace.



The Rock Paintings of Yinshan Mountains [bbs.nmgly.com.cn]

The Rock Paintings of Yinshan Mountains is the largest rock painting and carving
treasury in China, scattered over the central and west part of Inner Mongolia. The
themes of the carvings mainly are daily life and hunting activities of prehistoric
nomads. Among the rock paintings, the most numerous drawn ones are pictures
of animals, including goats, sheep, argali, rabbits and foxes. The vivid engravings
exude the rich flavor of the lives of ancient peoples.

Images from the area:

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