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Social difference between Songze culture and Liangzhu culture as reflected on jade artifacts

Author(s): Yiping Li

Year: 2017

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The Liangzhu Culture (3300–2000 BC) and the Songze Culture (4000 – 3300 BC) are two Neolithic cultures in the lower Yangtze River Delta in China. The two cultures are quite similar in many aspects especially those reflected on ceramics. This research intends to study the difference of social hierarchy between two cultures through an analysis of jades collected from over 20 archaeological sites in the Lake Tai region. By doing so, it is argued that jades in the Songze Culture are precious materials and are seen as symbols of wealth; and in the Liangzhu Culture, jades become sacred and are more exclusively accessible to the ruling class.


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Social difference between Songze culture and Liangzhu culture as reflected on jade artifacts. Yiping Li. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429280)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 15157

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America