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New archaeological evidence of prehistoric cultural interactions in the middle of Han river valley, central China

Author(s): Jian Zhang ; Chen Shen ; Songan Jin

Year: 2017

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During 2007 - 2009, the Gouwan Site in Xichuan County, Henan province, was excavated by archaeologists from Department of Archaeology, Zhengzhou University. Located in the middle of Han River valley, the site represents prehistoric cultural manifestations of Yangshao, Qujialing, Shijiahe and Wangwan III in their four developmental sequences although remains of the earliest Yangshao are the most abundant. While the Yangshao and Wangwan III were part of north cultural system in the Central Plains, Qujialing and Shijiahe Culture were of the South China cultural representations. The important part of this archaeological discovery is to have different cultural elements from both north and south regions at the Gouwan site. Furthermore, trenched settlement of Yangshao in middle Han River valley was identified at the site for the first time. This feature, along data resulted from other relatively clear spatial analyses provided a case study of regional micro settlement patterns and their social changes. Therefore, these new data derived from the Gouwan site provide new archaeological evidence of prehistoric cultural interactions in the middle of Han River valley.


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New archaeological evidence of prehistoric cultural interactions in the middle of Han river valley, central China. Jian Zhang, Chen Shen, Songan Jin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431274)


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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): 15812

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