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20,000-year-old stone hearth is oldest human relic found in Taiwan

A neolithic stone hearth found in a cave in Taitung is the earlist human relic to be found in Taiwan.

After a year of investigation and research, the prehistoric archaeology research team discovered the hearth at the Basiandong (Eight Deities) Historic Site, which carbon-dating reveals to be 20,000 years old, according to an official with the county’s Cultural and Tourism Bureau.

“The sample proves that humans were living in Taiwan more than 20,000 years ago, ” the official quoted Tsang Chen-hua, deputy director of the Academia Sinica Institute of History and Philology, who led the research team, as saying.

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