Prehistoric Scratchpad
Archaeological site near Lingjing town Northern China which may have been a paleolithic kill butchery site. The first site in China found from the Old Stone Age, and its site is transitional between the Early and Later paleolithic Ages of the Chinese Paleolithic cultureal system. Contains the oldest known bone tools in China and Xuchang Man, a possible new human species, was found here.


100,000 Years AgoEdit

This is the time of Xuchang Man. He had features similar to Neanderthals and modern humans. He could be a hybrid of the two species, a Denisovan, or something new. DNA was failed to be recovered from this specimen. Aurochs and horses are the dominant fauna species here, while the site is centered on fountains, lakes, and wetland.

Earlier HistoryEdit

  • Bone tools were being used 115,000 years ago to modify stone tools. This is the earliest known usage of bone tools in China.

Later HistoryEdit

  • Xuchang Man has been dated from between 80,000 and 100,000 years.
  • Xuchang Man left the area upon the coming of the ice age 50-70,000 years ago. It is not clear where they went or if they have any ties to modern chinese.
  • Early pottery that predates 9000 years ago was found here.

Modern HistoryEdit

  • The Lingjin Site was discovered in teh mid-20th Century.
  • The site was re-excavated by researchers from the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology between 2005 and 2006.


This site is west of Lingjing town in Xuchang county of Henan province in northern China.

Lingjing Site Web PagesEdit

Lingjing Site In the NewsEdit

Stone and Bone Relics Found (2005)Edit

Human Skulls Found (Jun 2008)Edit

Lingjing Was a Kill-Butchery Site (Aug 2011)Edit

Sophisticated Hunting Techniques Practices (May 2012)Edit

2006's Excavation Report (Feb 2015)Edit

Bite Marks on 100,000 Child Thigh Bones (Jul 2015)Edit

Skulls Reveal Evolutionary Complexity (May 2017)Edit

Early Pottery Found (Jun 2017)Edit

Oldest Bone Tools in China Found (Mar 2018)Edit


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