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The excavation of the Daxi Cultural remains at Dashuitian Site in Wushan County, Chongqing

Chongqing Municipal Institute of Cultural Heritage and Wushan County Commission for Preservation of Ancient Monuments

Published Online: 2018-11-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/char-2018-0006


From March to September 2014, Chongqing Municipal Institute of Cultural Heritage and other institutions excavated the Dashuitian (Big Paddy) Site in Wushan County. The field project revealed 473 features and recovered more than 1800 artifacts made of pottery, stone and jade of the Daxi and Shang-Zhou Cultures. Among these features and artifacts, the flexed burials, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic stone ornaments, and jade artifacts bore unique characteristics of the Daxi Culture. They are valuable information for the understanding of the primitive religion, social organization and ideology of the past.

Keywords: Dashuitian Site (Wushan County; Chongqing Municipality); Daxi Culture; funeral rites and ceremonies; jades--Neolithic Age--China


The original report published in Kaogu 考古 (Archaeology) 2017.1:42–50 with 24 line drawings and 19 color plates was coauthored by Yubiao Dai 代玉彪 and Jiujiang Bai 白九江. This abridged version was translated into English by Yun Kuen Lee 李润权.


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Published Online: 2018-11-13

Published in Print: 2018-11-27

Citation Information: Chinese Archaeology, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 60–68, ISSN (Online) 2160-5068, ISSN (Print) 2160-5025, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/char-2018-0006.

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