The Evolution of the Qijia Culture and its contacts with other cultures

Author(s): Hui WANG

Year: 2015


The Qijia culture originated in Loess Plateau of East Gansu and rose to a dominant culture in the vast region of present Gansu and Qinghai with its territory stretching as far as Huanghe hetao area, Guanzhong Plain and NW Sichuan. Its consistence and continuity in material culture offers great scope for archaeological research into its varying material manifestations. This article takes a comparative approach to enhance our understanding of the evolution of the Qijia culture and its contacts with other cultures. First, the development of the Qijia culture is reviewed and outlined. The early phase of Qijia culture derived from the Lower Changshan culture with a contribution from the Majiyao culture. Then it exchanged with neighboring cultures, i.e. Banshan and Machang cultures during its middle phase. While at the late period, the Qijia culture interacted with distant cultures, i.e. the Eurasian pastoralist groups and the Erlitou sedentary society; at the end it divided into four Bronze cultures as Siwa, Xindian, Siba and Kayue. Second, the centers of the Qijia culture are explored as westward as Tao River, Daxia River, upper Wei River, east Qinghai and Hexi corridor gradually.

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The Evolution of the Qijia Culture and its contacts with other cultures. Hui WANG. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395273)

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