Prehistoric pentagonal building structure uncovered in North China

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/11/29 0:23:39

Archaeologists have found ruins of a pentagonal structure believed to have been a tribal meeting hall or a leader's office from 6,000 years ago, authorities in North China's Shanxi Province said Monday.

The semi-subterranean house, discovered at the Neolithic ruins at Taoyuan, a village in the city of Linfen, covered a total area of 90 square meters, with surviving walls reaching a maximum of 50 centimeters, said Xue Xinming, a researcher with Shanxi provincial institute of archaeology.

The walls were painted with a mixture of grass and mud, and several holes were found where wooden pillars were located to support the house and walls, said Xue.

A cylinder-shaped fireplace was also found underground in the house, which was used for heating, cooking and lighting.

According to Xue, the pentagonal building was rare for that period. "Such a big building perhaps was an office for a tribe leader or a public venue for meetings or worship ceremonies of a major tribe," he said. 

The discovery is part of findings from an excavation that began in August in Taoyuan in Jiade township of Linfen's Yaodu district, to prepare for highway construction in the area, according to Zheng Yuan, the excavation team leader of the project.



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