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7000-year-old bricks in China
February 24, 2010, 11:14 am
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Archaeologists in northeast China have discovered bricks dating back 5,000 – 7,000 years, adding nearly 2,000 years to the history of Chinese brickmaking.

“The five calcined bricks were unearthed from a site of the Yangshao Culture Period dating 5,000 to 7,000 years ago. Previously, the oldest known bricks in the country were more than 4,000 years old,” Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology researcher Yang Yachang said.

The bricks, including three red ones and two gray ones, all uncompleted, Yang said. The site under excavation is located at Liaoyuan Village of Baqiao District, and Huaxu Town, Lantian County of Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province.

Yangshao Culture is a Neolithic culture that flourished along the Yellow River, which runs across China from west to east. The culture was named after Yangshao, the name of the first village discovered of the culture, in 1921 in central China’s Henan Province.

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Dongshan Village: earliest sign of Chinese civilization
January 17, 2010, 8:54 am
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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.