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MUFONET-BBS GROUP - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 08:41 Wed Mar 11 EXP: 09:00 Thu Mar 12 쿌NCIENT BURIAL FORMS FOUND IN CHINA'S GUIZHOU PROVINCE 쿒UIYANG (MARCH 11) XINHUA - TYPES OF BURIAL PRACTISED BY 쿘INORITY NATIONALITIES IN ANCIENT TIMES IN SOUTHWESTERN 쿎HINA'S GUIZHOU PROVINCE HAVE COME TO LIGHT FOR THE FIRST 쿟IME. 쿑LAGSTONE GRAVES OF THE SHUI NATIONALITY, URN-COFFIN BURIALS 쿚F THE BUYI NATIONALITY AND CREMATION BURIALS OF THE YI 쿙ATIONALITY, WERE DISCOVERED BY XI KEDING, AN ARCHEOLOGIST 쿌T THE NATIONALITIES' CULTURAL PALACE HERE IN THIS CAPITAL 쿚F GUIZHOU. 쿒UIZHOU IS HOME TO A DOZEN MINORITY NATIONALITIES INCLUDING 쿟HE MIAO, BUYI, DONG, YI AND SHUI, WITH A TOTAL POPULATION 쿚F MORE THAN 10 MILLION, ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF 쿟HE TOTAL POPULATION OF THE PROVINCE. 쿦I BEGAN A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF ETHNIC BURIAL CUSTOMS IN 1982. FLAGSTONE GRAVES DATE BACK TO THE MING DYNASTY (1368- 1644) AND WERE REPLACED, AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE QING 쿏YNASTY (1644-1911), BY ORDINARY GRAVE BURIALS. 쿢RN-COFFIN BURIALS DATE BACK TO THE NEOLITHIC PERIOD AND ARE 쿎OMMON AT YANGCHAO CULTURE SITES ON THE UPPER REACHES OF THE 쿧ANGTZE RIVER. 쿟HE BUYI NATIONALITY USE 0.5 M URN COFFINS WITH LIDS. THE YI 쿎REMATE THEIR DEAD AND BURY THE ASHES ON MOUNTAIN SLOPES, 쿞OME 2,000 M ABOVE SEA LEVEL. 쿟HIS CUSTOM DATES BACK TO ABOUT 400 A.D. AND HAD DISAPPEARED 쿍Y THE BEGINNING OF THE QING DYNASTY (1644-1911), ACCORDING 쿟O XI. 쿟HESE FINDINGS HAVE BEEN COMPILED INTO A NEWLY-PUBLISHED 쿍OOK TITLED 'ETHNIC BURIAL CUSTOMS OF GUIZHOU PROVINCE.' =END=

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