Ancient human relics
Last Updated: Friday, October 30, 2009, 09:25
Pyongyang: North Korean archaeologists have claimed to find what appears to be the oldest relics of a Homo Sapiens in East Asia.

Scientists found the relics at the Chonbadae limestone cave in Hwanghae-bukdo province of North Hwanghae, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

During excavation, the scientists found seven fragments of bones that used to belong to five different human species. They found stone tools including cutters, choppers, scrapers and prods of the Palaeolithic era.

Experts from the Kim Il Sung University said the Hwangdu man lived 60,000 to 40,000 years ago. The cave is not far from the Black Anvil Paleolithic site, the oldest architectural monument on Korean Peninsula.

North Korean media claimed that the find proves that people would settle in the Taedong River basin with Pyongyang in centre right from the beginning facilitating an authentic culture there.

North Korean historians have been actively developing the idea of a separate Taedong culture as one of the cradles of human civilization as of the second half of the 1990's.

The fundamental postulation of this theory regards the Pyongyang area not only as a homeland of Korean statehood but also as one of the places of humankind's emergence.

The first proto-Korean state - the Ancient Chosun - was founded here at the beginning of 3rd millennium BC, they say. The grave of the legendary founding father, Tangun Wanggom was discovered in 1993 under the responsive guidance of President Kim Il Sung.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 30, 2009, 09:25

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