A group of construction workers in southwest China workers stumbled upon a prehistoric man’s cave underneath a Buddhist temple in Guizhou Province.
The stone structure, containing hundreds of mammal fossils and stone implements, was between 10,000 and 40,000 years old and presumably dated back either to the end of the Old Stone Age or the start of New Stone Age, said Cai Huiyang, a top archaeologist with the Guizhou Provincial Museum.
“We hired the workers to relocate one of the Buddha statues at an donors’s suggestion last month,” said Sheng Guo, abbot of Simingdong Temple in Xiuwen County, in the northern suburbs of the provincial capital Guiyang.
After they removed the statue, the workers found a hole about the size of a rice bowl, and caught a snake about 6 cm thick, he said. “When they dug deeper, they found the stone cave and the fossils.”