The Sites and Dating of the Shangshan Culture

Author(s): Leping Jiang

Year: 2018


The Shangshan Culture is named after the site of Shangshan in Pujiang County, Zhejiang Province, China. Multiple kinds of materials from multiple sites have been dated by several radiocarbon dating labs, indicating that the Shangshan Culture spans 10,000-8,400 BP. It can be divided into three phases: a 10,000-9,500 BP early phase, a 9,300-8,800 BP middle phase, and a 8,600-8,400 BP late phase. There are 18 sites belonging to Shangshan culture that have been uncovered so far. They are distributed in the upper reaches of the Qiangtang River, including 4 sites attributed to the early phase, 8 middle-phase sites, and 4 late-phase sites. The other 5 sites have been identified by preliminary survey and their precise attribution remains unclear. The pottery and stone artifacts from these sites show similarities in typology, and rice remains are commonly recovered. As a result, this area has attracted scholarly attention concerning the agricultural origins of rice.

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The Sites and Dating of the Shangshan Culture. Leping Jiang. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445145)

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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): 22359