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5000 years old statues discovered in Hunan province

08-22-2010 13:57 BJT

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Archeologists recently discovered ancient stone statues in Yongzhou City of China's central Hunan Province. It is reported the scale of those statues exceeds that of the Terracotta Warriors.

The central area of the statues is about 35 kilometres from the Tomb of Emperor Shun, one of China's mythological rulers preceding the Xia dynasty.

Those statues were roughly carved, and vary in size and shape. Most statues have their legs crossed and are in exaggerating poses.

Archeologists recently discovered ancient stone statues in Yongzhou City of China's central Hunan Province. 
Archeologists recently discovered ancient stone statues 
in Yongzhou City of China's central Hunan Province.
 

A statue of a pregnant woman symbolizes ancient people's adoration for giving birth.

An elephant-riding general is an ancient south war legend.

Civil servants, warriors, generals and soldiers compose a real-life scene of the ancient mysterious world.

Archeologists recently discovered ancient stone statues in Yongzhou City of China's central Hunan Province. 
Archeologists recently discovered ancient stone statues 
in Yongzhou City of China's central Hunan Province.
 

According to on-site research, experts believe the statues' location is where ancient people held sacrificial rituals.

There are more than 5-thousand statues, all of which were made about 5-thousand years ago.

If that is true, they would be the oldest statues ever discovered. There are reports a large number of statues are still about 2 meters underground.


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