A "Pizza Talk" at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Lothar von Falkenhausen (Professor of Archaeology and Art History), Susanna Lam (PhD student, UCLA Archaeology Interdepartmental Graduate Program), and Jada Ko (student, UCLA, Department of Anthropology)
The Yangguanzhai Neolithic site in the Wei River Valley was discovered in 2004. The subsequent excavation of 17,000 square meters revealed rich deposits of Neolithic houses, storage pits, ceramic kilns, children’s burials, and such features as a moat and trash pit. Artifacts found at the site include both decorated and undecorated pottery, stone tools, and various ornaments made of stone, ceramic, bone, and shell. Located in the central area of what archeologists call the Yangshao Culture Miaodigou Phase, Yangguanzhai provides essential information to our knowledge of Neolithic settlement, social organization, economic, and perhaps ritual activities. This five- to six-thousand-year-old “moat-surrounded settlement” has been designated one of the “Most Important Archaeology Finds of 2008” in China. Located in the area from which the earliest Chinese dynasties emerged, the site provides vital insight into the prehistoric Chinese past.
Sponsor(s): Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
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