Cave relics of Palaeolithic age unearthed in Pyongyang

May 13, 2022

Cave relics of Palaeolithic age unearthed in Pyongyang

A research group of the History Faculty of Kim Il Sung University have unearthed cave relics of the Palaeolithic era in Rimgyong Workers’ District of Kangdong County in Pyongyang. They intensified research into the relics to scientifically illuminate the appearance of the relics.

They discovered seven human (neolithic man) fossils, over 300 animal bone fossils in nine kinds and 274 pieces of fossil spore and pollen in the cultural layer (second layer) of the Palaeolithic era.

The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurement was conducted to confirm that the relics date back to the latter period of the Old Stone Age, or 23 000±3 000 years back, and human fossils (teeth and skull bones) were those of a 30-year-old woman in the latter period of the Palaeolithic age.

The DPRK Archaeology Society deliberated on the fossils discovered in the natural cave of the district and named it Kangdong Woman after the place name.

According to the deliberation of the non-permanent tangible cultural heritage deliberation and assessment committee and the Cabinet decision, the Rimgyong cave relics have been put on a list for preservation.

The discovery of Kangdong Woman in the Kangdong area, Pyongyang, where there is the tomb of Tangun, the founding father of the Korean nation, is of great importance in anthropologically clarifying that people had lived consecutively in the area since the dawn of human civilization to create time-honoured history and culture.


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