Archaeologists Figure Out How Long Humans Have Been Burning Coal, And Its Going To Annoy Progressives

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A study published in late July claims that humans have been using coal as a fuel source for at least 3,600 years.

Alhough some prehistoric sites appear to show use of coal as a form of combustion, research conducted in northwestern China revealed the first confirmed example of its use by modern humans. The Jirentaigoukou site in Xinjiang appears to show “selective mining, planned storage, and extensive combustion” of coal.

Coal was found in a number of different forms throughout the region, suggesting it was a commonly-used and shared resource available to the area’s inhabitants. “I imagine they must have tried burning the coal from all these sites, and then discovered some had better quality than others,” study co-author Guanghui Dong told Science.

The discovery pushes the first systematic use of coal back by roughly a thousand years. Previous studies suggested coal was first used by the Chinese Han Dynasty roughly 2,152 to 1,730-years-ago, the researchers noted. (RELATED: The Oldest Human Activity In America May Have Just Been Discovered, And It’s Rewriting Our History)

So, why will libs hate this news? Probably because the results continue to stack up against the cringe narrative of climate change. Burning coal and oil is causing our climate to fluctuate rapidly, according to screaming children who don’t realize the planet was in a far greater state of climatological fluctuation prior to the Younger Dryas.