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The Nanshan Site in Mingxi County, Fujian

Southeast Archaeological Team, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Fujian Museum and Mingxi County Museum

Published Online: 2019-12-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/char-2019-0001


During the years 2012 to 2017, archaeological excavations were conducted at the localities of Cave 3, Cave 4 and Hilltop of the Nanshan (South Hill) Site. A total of 450sqm was excavated, revealing eight burials, two large-scale cisterns, about a dozen ash pits, and near 100 postholes. The excavation yielded more than 1000 artifacts made of pottery, stone and bone, as well as large amount of charred grains. The excavation uncovered important material for the discussion of prehistoric behavioral models, subsistence, human migration, cultural interaction, environmental evolution, the origins and development of the prehistoric cultures of Fujian and Taiwan, as well as the origin and dispersal of Austronesian groups.

Keywords: Agriculture–history–China; cave dwellings–prehistoric; Nanshan Site (Mingxi County,Fujian); Neolithic Age–Fujian; paleoethnobotany


The original report published in Kaogu 考古 (Archaeology) 2018.07: 15–27 with 31 illustrations is authored by Zhenyu Zhou 周振宇, Yunming Huang 黄运明, Xuechun Fan 范雪春, Xianguo Fu 傅宪国, Xiaoyang

Wang 王晓阳, Changfu Wei 危长福 and QibaoYu 俞其宝. This English version is translated by Yun Kuen Lee 李润权.


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Published Online: 2019-12-31

Published in Print: 2019-11-26

Citation Information: Chinese Archaeology, Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 1–12, ISSN (Online) 2160-5068, ISSN (Print) 2160-5025, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/char-2019-0001.

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