|Attendees of Shangshan Symposium Visit Qiaotou|
Attendees of Shangshan Symposium Visit Qiaotou
Experts visit Qiaotou Site
On the morning of November 13, experts and special guests of the academic symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Shangshan Site visited the Qiaotou Site.
At the symposium, attendees also conducted academic presentations and exchanges, illustrating a number of brand-new findings from multidisciplinary research that disclose the rich cultural connotations and academic value of the Shangshan culture.
Located in the village of Qiaotou, Chengxi Subdistrict, the archaeological excavation area of the Qiaotou Site has expanded to more than 2000 square meters since September 2004. This confirms the cultural relevance of the Qiaotou Site with the Shangshan culture. Excavations show that the Qiaotou Site is a settlement surrounded by a circular moat. Although the site has suffered a certain degree of damage, the moat remains almost completely preserved.
A large number of pits within the site are stacked with a wide range of well-preserved pottery. These objects are also conserved at different levels of stratification. The types of pottery unearthed at the Qiaotou Site include large-mouth basins, flat trays, pottery jars and pots, and trays with ringed feet, among others. The pottery pieces are bright in color, mainly red but also white, reflecting a sophisticated level of pottery decoration.
These colored pottery pieces show basic factors of the Kuahuqiao culture, which proves that the Shangshan culture contributed greatly to the evolution of the Kuahuqiao culture. Such connections will not only increase the value of the site, but will also contribute to form a more comprehensive understanding of the cultural layout of the upper reaches of the Qiantang River, and even of the whole southeast region of China, dating back to 9000 years ago. (Text and photo by Zhang Yunfei, translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Kendra Fiddler)