- Shijiahe culture
The Shijiahe culture (石家河文化) (2500-
2000 BC) was a late Neolithicculture centered around the middle Yangtze Riverregion in Hubei, China. It succeeded the Qujialing culturein the same region and inherited its unique artefact of painted spindle whorls. Pottery figurines and distinct jade worked with advanced techniques were also common to the culture. The remains of copper ore and artefacts were discovered in one Shijiahe settlement.
type sitewas discovered at Tianmen County, Hubei, China. The upper layer of the type site belonged to the Qujialing culture. The site at Shijiahe covered an area of around 1,200,000 m². The settlement was surrounded by a moatand rammed earthwall. The type site was likely a regional center.
Shijiahe is one of the largest towns excavated so far—almost a perfect square, one kilometer on each side. This was a period in which villages and towns expanded symmetrically in oval, square, rectangle and trapezoid shapes.cite book
title=Chinese Architecture -- The Origins of Chinese Architecture
edition= English Ed.
publisher=Yale University Press
pages= pp 14–15
id= ISBN 0-300-09559-7 ]
List of Neolithic cultures of China
* Allan, Sarah (ed), "The Formation of Chinese Civilization: An Archaeological Perspective", ISBN 0-300-09382-9
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