Use-wear Analysis on the Stone Tools from the Dongshancun Site

Author(s): Zhuang Lina; Zhou Runken

Year: 2015


he Dongshancun Site is located in Zhangjiagang city in Jiangsu Province in the eastern area of China. The site is only 2 kilometers from the Yangtze River. During 2008-2010, the Nanjing Museum excavated about 37 tombs belonging to the Songze Culture (3900-3100BC). Excavations revealed that some of interred were buried with abundant pottery vessels, jade artifacts, and other well-made stone tools such as the stone yue axe, stone adze and stone chisel. In this paper, we employ a low-power method to observe the use-wear patterns on the stone stools. Our research included the examination of 20 yue axes, 17 stone adzes, and 17 stone chisels unearthed from 10 tombs. Our paper will address whether the tools were utilitarian or produced strictly for the ritual surrounding the burial event.

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Use-wear Analysis on the Stone Tools from the Dongshancun Site. Zhuang Lina, Zhou Runken. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397042)


Tomb Use-wear

Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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