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4,000-year-old cliff paintings unearthed in China

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed 18 cliff paintings, dating back over 4,000 years, in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2012 00:25 IST

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed 18 cliff paintings, dating back over 4,000 years, in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The prehistoric portraits were unearthed in the Yinshan Mountains in Urad Middle Banner (an administration division of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region), Liu Binjie, head of the Cultural Relics Bureau of Urad Middle Banner said.

The patterns are still clear and the paintings have been arranged in an orderly manner on the cliffs.

Liu added that they are the finest of their kind that have been unearthed so far, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Among the paintings, seven faces were exaggerated and monstrous, and have been interpreted as the seven stars of the “Big Dipper” constellation.

Liu concluded that these may have been drawn by prehistoric men for worship.

So far, over 10,000 ancient cliff paintings have been discovered in the Yinshan Mountains, according to the archaeologists. Liu said paintings are similar to those in eastern Russia, showing close connections with ancient peoples' migration patterns, and sacrificial and worship ceremonies.