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Fossil site raises funds overseas

A FRENCH partner of the Zhoukoudian site where the famous homo erectus Beijing Man was excavated will help raise overseas funds to help protect the relics.

A deal was signed yesterday between the site and France's National Museum of Prehistory on bilateral cooperation and exchange in site protection, management, promotion and development, today's Beijing Daily reported.

Zhoukoudian, a cave system in Beijing, has yielded many archaeological discoveries, including Beijing or Peking Man, and bones of a gigantic hyena. Peking Man lived in this cave approximately 200,000 to 750,000 years ago.

The French partner will make a documentary on the discoveries, and some important exhibits excavated from Zhoukoudian site will be exhibited in France next year, said Yang Haifeng, an official of the Zhoukoudian Site Museum.

Construction of a new museum hall will start next March on the site and is due to open in 2011 to mark the 90th anniversary of the site's excavation, Yang said.

Exhibits at the opening will include those from the French National Museum of Prehistory, which features one of the most important stone and bone tools collection in France, and the premier collection of paleolithic engravings and sculpture in the world.


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