Weekly snapshot of China's archaeological news

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BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The following are highlights of China's archaeological news from the past week:

-- 100-mln-year-old lizard fossil

Researchers from China University of Geosciences said they have discovered a fossil of an extinct genus of lizard dating back about 100 million years in Jianchang County in northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The specimen measures 22 centimeters in length from its nose to hips. Different from previous discoveries in the same area, researchers found remains of a large crawfish in the lizard's stomach, including cheliped, a broken pereiopod and tentacles, which look like today's crawfish.

-- Hundreds of ancient tombs

Archaeologists have found 215 ancient tombs beneath the site of a planned funeral parlor in north China's Shanxi Province.

The tombs, which cover an area of 125 mu (around 8 hectares) in the city of Shuozhou, date back to between the Warring States Period (475 B.C.-221 B.C.) and the Liao and Jin dynasties (916-1234).

-- Large prehistoric city site unearthed

A large city site dating back more than 4,000 years was discovered in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Covering 1.38 million square meters, the city was composed of the inner city and the outer city. It had a relatively complete defense system, with walled outer workings, city gates and watchtowers. House sites, cellars and tombs in the city were found well-preserved. Enditem

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