Zhengzhou, August 4(ANI): A stone-tool making technique prevalent in North China made its way to Japan about 20,000 years ago.
Joint Sino-Japanese research project findings suggest the trans-regional spread of technique.
A research project undertaken by the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology and the Nara Research Institute for Cultural Property found considerable similarities in stone tools unearthed in China, Korea and Japan.
According to Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology researcher Li Zhanyang, the stone- tool making technique might have spread from North China to Japan’s Kyushu Island via the Korean Peninsula.
“The two places, now separated by an ocean, were linked by land 20,000 years ago, when the sea level was much lower. This made the spread of the technique possible,” Xinhua quoted Li, as saying.
The discovery will be crucial in shedding light on early migration and cultural exchanges between the Chinese mainland, the Republic of Korea and Japan, he added. (ANI)