An Analysis on the Taosi Cemetery from the Late Neolithic in North-central China

Author(s): Xiangming Dai

Year: 2018


Taosi is one of the largest sites surrounded by the huge fortification during the late Neolithic in the middle Yellow River valley. So far the archaeologists have excavated a large cemetery, and uncovered a number of burials at Taosi. These burials can be divided into a few categories based on their scale, structure and grave goods, representing the different social ranks. The cemetery consists of several sections, which represent the different social groups. During the early Longshan period, some large tombs were arranged in an area according to their sex and status at first, and then the other large tombs were centrally distributed in another area. During the late Longshan period, a group of large tombs appeared in another district, and the largest one of them with very complex structure and abundant luxury goods was located in a special area alone, so that it looks like a king tomb. In general, this paper will discuss the social change of the Taosi site on the basis of its cemetery analyses.

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An Analysis on the Taosi Cemetery from the Late Neolithic in North-central China. Xiangming Dai. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443041)

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min long: 70.4; min lat: 17.141 ; max long: 146.514; max lat: 53.956 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21179