China announces more evidence detailing origins of its 5,000-year-old civilization


Chinese civilization has long been hailed as one of the oldest in the world – up to 5,000 years old – and now researchers in the country have found more archaeological evidence to prove that.

Officials and experts on Monday unveiled the results of the state-led Comprehensive Investigation into the Origin and Early Development of Chinese Civilization Project, which aims to explore the origins of early Chinese civilization based on major archaeological excavations using modern technologies.

Based on the latest archaeological finds, the project's experts have arrived at the conclusion that early Chinese civilization started some 5,800 years ago in areas including the lower reaches of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River.

"Years of large-scale excavations in the ruins of Liangzhu in east China's Zhejiang Province, the Taosi site in north China's Shanxi Province, the Shimao site in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and the Erlitou site in central China's Henan Province have provided proof," said Wang Wei, who works on the project.

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