Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian reopens to the public

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/25 18:08:41

After seven years of research and three years of restoration work, Zhoukoudian, a cave system in suburban Beijing's Fangshan district where numerous Homo erectus pekinensis (Peking Man) fossils have been found, reopened to the public on September 21.

Discovered nearly 100 ago, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. The cave, discovered in 1921, has unearthed nearly 200 fossils of Homo erectus and over 10,000 stone tools.

Over the years since its discovery, however, the cave was gradually damaged by natural erosion. To protect the site, the government built a shelter covering some 3,700 square meters around the cave.

The protective shelter is an environmental-friendly iron structure with plants on the roof and a series of high-tech systems in place to monitor and protect the cave.

The site now includes an exhibition that provides a window for the public to learn more about the cave and how it was discovered. Part of the exhibition consists of several 3D films depicting the history of the cave projected onto one of the walls of the cave.

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