Panxian Dadong Site


Panxian Dadong Site

by Live in Guizhou

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The Panxian Dadong Site is located in Shiliping Village, Pan County, Liupanshui City. It is a site of the middle period of the Paleolithic Age. In 1993, it was ranked as the first of the top ten archaeological achievements in China.

The Panxian Dadong Site was discovered in 1990. From 1992 to 2000, several departments conducted six excavations of the site. They obtained more than 20,000 specimens of animal fossils, more than 2,000 stone tools, 5 human teeth fossils, and a large amount of burnt bones and charcoal.

The animal fossils excavated at the site are mainly mammals, including members of the South China “saber-toothed tiger” animal group, as well as some indigenous species from the Yungui Plateau. These animal fossils do not belong to the same period and have a certain time interval.

The human teeth fossils found at the site have similar characteristics to the Beijing Zhoukoudian erect humans in terms of structure such as dental nodules, finger-like protrusions, and canine teeth, while also showing early human characteristics.

From the cultural deposit situation, the owners of the Dadong culture lived here for a considerable period of time. In addition to living residential areas, there were also stone tool processing areas and game slaughter areas, and evidence of fire use was also found in the site.