6000-year-old ancient civilization discovered in Jiangxi

17:17, January 07, 2011      

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Chinese archaeologists have discovered the Terracotta and Painted Pottery Culture, which flourished around 4000 B.C., during excavations of the Laohudun Site in Gaohu, Jing'an of Jiangxi Province. An important collection of late Neolithic remains and cultural relics were discovered in the dig.

Xu Changqing, the excavation team leader, stated that in the bottom of the site where the Terracotta Pottery Culture relics sit they excavated some stoneware, including hatchets, adze, stone ploughs and stone walls as well as some pottery ware. The items have been preliminarily estimated to be 6,000 years old.

Moreover, archaeologists unearthed a giant sacrificial table aged between 4,000 to 5,000 years, 114 sacrificial tombs and an architectural ruin made from red scorched earth. Mounded by yellow clay of high purity, the table of sacrifice has an area of 3,000 square meters, with its thickness in some parts reaching 80 centimeters.

This site is located in the middle of a rice paddy field in Gaohu County, Jing'an. It falls into the category of ancient mound cultural relics.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online
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