Some Discoveries of Fossils and Relics of Prehistoric Civilizations From Around the World

Li Jie

PureInsight | September 16, 2002

Many recent archeological discoveries have provided evidence that human beings lived hundreds of thousands of years ago. What follows is a small list of these discoveries, with the goal of making people think. More and more of these archeological discoveries have demonstrated that mankind has perhaps existed only not once, but several times, and that different human civilizations existed during different historical periods.

Ancient Human Fossils Discovered From Lava in Korea

According to the August issue of Today’s Korea, archeologists with the Korean Academy of Social Sciences discovered ancient human fossils in the lava at a stone city site in Korea. The fossils include skulls, pelvis bones, thighbones and hipbones of a female, a youth and a child. This is the first time that ancient human fossils were discovered in lava.

After an investigation of five volcanic vents near the fossil site, researchers believe that these five vents erupted approximately between 700,000 and 100,000 years ago. After fluorescent and high-magnetic analyses, the fossils were dated to 300,000 years ago.

Site of Ancient Human Activities 20,000 Years Ago Discovered in Tibet

In Deqing County, Duilong, Tibet, a site of ancient human activities was discovered. The discovery proved that humans lived in the Tibet Plateau about 20,000 years ago, 10,500 years earlier than previously known.

The 29th issue of the American Journal of Geo-physics contains an article written by two professors at the Hong Kong University entitled “The Division of History Analysis from Hot Light Release of an Ancient Man’s Handprint and Footprint Fossils Found In Tibet,” including a discussion of an ancient environment on the Tibetan Plateau during the 4th Ice Age. The article said that 85 km from Deqing County, on a slope 4,200 meters high, 19 handprint and footprint fossils were found in a calcified rock stratum. Fire pit relics were also discovered. After a series of analyses from samples of these prints, it was found that the prints were made about 20,000 years ago. Before this discovery, experts on the Changdu relics in Tibet believed that the Changdu site was utilized 4,300 to 5,300 years ago and that between 16,000 and 24,000 years ago, the Tibetan plateau was covered by glaciers, and that no humans could possibly have lived there. The scientific community is now challenging this outdated theory.

Ancient Man’s Broken Finger(s) Discovered in a Mountain Cave in Poland

Archeologists at the Polish Academy of Sciences discovered some ancient men’s thumbs and little fingers that were cut off deliberately 30,000 years ago in a mountain cave near Podehar (translation from the sound).

The site of the relics is in the 8th archeological level, where ancient men lived between 28,000 to 29,000 years ago. Here there are rock fences where the cut off fingers were found. Sharp animal teeth used for protection were found with the fingers, along with animal horns and shells used as ornaments. The placement of these relics indicates that this place was used to offer sacrifices to gods or ancestors. Finger cutting was a solemn ritual for ancient men, and usually used for secret associations, circumcision, and funerals. Polish researchers did archeological studies of 11 more levels in this cave, and discovered garbage sites left by residents of different time periods, where carcasses (from food), tools and other types of residuals/remnants were discovered.

A 30,000 Year-Old Human Skeleton With Pottery Pieces Discovered in Egypt

On May 7th, the Egyptian Supreme Committee for Historical Relics announced that a Belgian archeology team stationed in Egypt had discovered a human skeleton that dates back 30,000 to 33,000 years ago. This is the most ancient human skeleton discovered in North Africa.

The skeleton was discovered in a mountain cave in the Dandela (translation from the sound) region, which is 550 km from Cairo, Egypt’s capital. The skeleton was in a sitting posture when discovered, with the head facing up to the eastern sky. In addition, archeologists also discovered pottery pieces of the same historical period in the cave.

Human Activities 30,000 Years Ago Along the Taiwan Strait Region

Taiwanese archaeologists conducted research around the end of last year on the Dongshan Island, Fujian Province. The experts identified nearly 100 fossils of ancient rhombic teeth elephants, rhino, David’s deer and oxen that existed between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago. They also discovered chiseling, carving, smoothening and scrubbing traces made by humans with stone tools on nine deer horn fossils. This indicates that ancient men lived in the region of today’s Taiwan Strait and that ancient men were able to use tools made of deer horn for hunting. This is also evidence that the Taiwan Strait was a land where ancient men and mammals coexisted 30,000 years ago.

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