was buried by a gigantic mudslide, probably triggered by a catastrophic earthquake. Many of the inhabitants were buried where they were standing when the wave of mud struck.
released last summer, and Chinese news outlets said it was a mother who had been trying to protect her son. Sadly, DNA study reveals that these two people were not closely related. Or maybe that's even better; in this village adults grabbed up children and tried to protect them whether they were their own offspring or not.
Plan of the house called F4. The excavators estimate that the village contained about 400 such houses.
have included pottery kilns, oracle bones, lots of pottery (big jars, medium sized jars, wine vessels, large and small bowls, cups), stone tools (knives, axes, adzes, chisels, plate-shaped tools, choppers, scrappers, hammer stones, gravels, heads of scepters, arrowheads, and a jade knife with a blade 30 cm (1 foot) long) and a handful of badly corroded bronze or copper objects.
Nature, since these would be by far the world's oldest noodles. Analysis suggested that they were made of ground millet. But this conclusion has been challenged by people who point out that 1) the ancient Chinese almost always ate millet whole, and anyway no grindstones have been reported from Lajia; and 2) millet has no gluten, the protein that makes flour elastic enough to be stretched into noodles. But if those aren't noodles, what are they? A bit of a mystery.