Komunmoru Site

November 20, 2022

The Komunmoru Site in Hugu-ri, Sangwon County, consists of remains of pithecanthropus, which is believed to date back more than a million years. 

It is a deep narrow cave with a length of about 30 metres, a width of some 2.5 metres and a height of 2 metres. At the time of the discovery, it was filled with sedimentary soil and even the entrance was blocked. 

The most primitive rude stone implements and fossil bones of animals were discovered at the site. Among the artefacts were hand axe-shaped, hoof-shaped, pointed and fragmented stone tools which are believed to be one of the earliest stone implements made with certain methods. 

The fossil bones of animals include those of tropical and sub-tropical animals which became extinct or disappeared in Korea, including buffalo, elephant, hyena and monkey. 

The Komunmoru Site provides powerful evidence that proves the Taedong River basin is one of the cradles of human civilization.


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