Migration, Diffusion, and Trade: Potting in Neolithic NW China

Author(s): Ling-yu Hung; Jianfeng Cui

Year: 2015


Painted pottery traditions in Neolithic Northwest China emerged through diverse processes of human migration, technical transmission, style imitation, and material exchange. Starting around 6000 years BP, Yangshao farming communities expanded incrementally farther upstream along the Upper Yellow River drainage and westward along the Hexi Corridor. The painted pottery tradition introduced by Yangshao immigrants developed into different chronological and regional styles in Northwest China over the course of several thousand years. Additionally, as exemplified at the famous Liuwan site, our inter-disciplinary study demonstrates that cultural assimilation and material exchange played important roles in the spread of painted pottery known as Majiayao, Banshan, and Machang. These multiple lines of evidence support a new synthesis about the production and circulation of Neolithic painted pottery in Northwest China.

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Migration, Diffusion, and Trade: Potting in Neolithic NW China. Ling-yu Hung, Jianfeng Cui. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395400)


China Neolithic Pottery

Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;