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World Heritage Site #449 :: Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

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Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

State Party: China
Location: Fangshanxian County, Beijing Municipality
GPS: N39 43 60, E115 55 0
Date of Inscription: 1987
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
Property : 480 ha
Buffer zone: 888 ha

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Scientific work at the site, which lies 42 km south-west of Beijing, is still underway. So far, it has led to the discovery of the remains of Sinanthropus pekinensis, who lived in the Middle Pleistocene, along with various objects, and remains of Homo sapiens sapiens dating as far back as 18,000–11,000 B.C. The site is not only an exceptional reminder of the prehistorical human societies of the Asian continent, but also illustrates the process of evolution.

Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian was inscribed by UNESCO under these,

Criterion (iii): The Zhoukoudian site bears witness to the human communities of the Asian continent from the Middle Pleistocene Period to the Palaeolithic, illustrating the process of evolution.

Criterion (vi): The discovery of hominid remains at Zhoukoudian and subsequent research in the 1920s and ‘30s excited universal interest, overthrowing the chronology of Man’s history that had been generally accepted up to that time. The excavations and scientific work at the Zhoukoudian site are thus of significant value in the history of world archaeology, and have played an important role in the world history of science.

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