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2022/5/13

Professor Pon Fei of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of Japanese Studies and Chair of the Graduate School of Foreign Studies recently wrote an article titled “Japan and China” for a newsletter by the Japan-China Friendship Association.

When Professor Pon was conducting his fieldwork in the Yunnan province in 1995, he accidentally came across some ancient rock paintings. Unfortunately, they lacked the means to define the age of these paintings at the time, and so they remained a mystery for a long time. Then, 27 years later in Feburary 2022, new technology revealed that the oldest of these paintings is from 13,850 years ago. According to the Xinhua News Agency, it is the oldest rock painting in East Asia. The news agency also reported how this discovery can be applied to elucidate the origin of the Yangtze civilization as well as life of early humans in the Paleolithic period.

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