Kinship Organization Reflected in Bifurcated Settlements

Author(s): Yu Xiyun

Year: 2017


The bifurcated settlements of prehistoric China indicate that their internal organization is a reflection of a kind of kinship organization akin to the moieties of South America, the phratries of North America, marriage classes of Australia, and the Xing groups of ancient China. With the emergence of clans, the Xing(姓) group system was transformed to the Zhaomu(昭穆) system.

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Kinship Organization Reflected in Bifurcated Settlements. Yu Xiyun. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430434)

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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): 16500