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Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China


The archaeological excavation of the Xiawangdu historic site in Fenghua district of Ningbo city in East China's Zhejiang province yielded great results, as was announced on Sept 6.

Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China
The first phase of the Xiawangdu site covers an area of 3,000 square meters 
[Credit: Zhang Yongtao/Aasianewsphoto]
The historic site, covering an area of 9,500 square meters, can be dated back 5,800 years, putting its beginning in the late period of Hemudu culture.

Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China
Photo shows the 1st phrase of Xiawangdu site 
[Credit: Zhang Yongtao/Aasianewsphoto]
Reports show that the first phase of the excavation covered an area of 3,000 square meters. About 170 remains of the prehistoric period spanning the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties have been cleaned out, and more than 320 sets of repairable relics were unearthed.

Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China
Photo shows the 1st phrase of Xiawangdu site 
[Credit: Zhang Yongtao/Aasianewsphoto]
The Xiawangdu site consisted of four cultural layers. In chronological order, they were the Hemudu culture, Liangzhu culture, Shang and Zhou dynasties, and Song and Yuan dynasties.

Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China
Photo shows the 1st phrase of Xiawangdu site 
[Credit: Zhang Yongtao/Aasianewsphoto]
Experts say the discoveries from the Xiawangdu site are of great significance in studies of history and ancient culture.

Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China
Photo shows the 1st phrase of Xiawangdu site 
[Credit: Zhang Yongtao/Aasianewsphoto]
The site provides evidence of human activities at the place during the Neolithic era thousands of years ago.

Remains of prehistoric culture discovered in Eastern China
People take photos of artefacts at an exhibition of archaeological achievements at the Xiawangdu 
historic site in Fenghua district of Ningbo city in East China's Zhejiang province on Sept 6 
[Credit: Zhang Yongtao/Aasianewsphoto]
The discovery also provides valuable materials to study various forms of Hemudu culture and the transition of prehistoric civilization over time in the area.

Source: China Daily [September 11, 2017]
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