Herodotus Returns

Dongshan Village: earliest sign of Chinese civilization
January 17, 2010, 8:54 am
Filed under: China, Neolithic | Tags: , ,

China has released a list of the top archaeological discoveries of 2009. Among them is the discovery of a Neolithic ruin at Dongshan Village, which evidences the earliest known Chinese civilizations ever found.

The Neolithic Ruins at Dongshan Village allows us to better understand prehistoric culture in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

The size of the excavation covers more than 2,000 square meters. It’s divided into two parts: the eastern area where eight tombs have been found with over 200 pieces of jade, stone vessels and pottery and the western part where a number of small tombs and house ruins have been discovered.

All the tombs are strictly organized into social levels. It’s the earliest proof of China’s ancient hierarchy system. The discovery of these tombs has pushed the research of the tribe in the era of the Songze culture forward.


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