5,000-year-old Yangshao culture house discovered in China

(ORDO NEWS) — In the Chinese province of Henan, the ruins of the foundation of a house built more than 5,000 years ago have been unearthed.

The house was originally a large building with rammed earthen walls, perhaps over 130 square meters in area.

It is believed to be from the late Yangshao culture, said Li Shiwei of the Henan Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archeology, who is in charge of the excavation.

“For the first time since 1921, the ruins of a large house have been discovered in the Yangshao Culture Village.

The finds can provide new materials for studying the types, forms and methods of building houses by this culture,” the scientist said.

Archaeologists also found four trenches at the site and a large number of artifacts, including a jade tomahawk, symbolizing military power.

The analysis shows that the settlement boasted a large population and complex defensive structures.

Yangshao is a Neolithic culture that existed in central China between the 5th and 3rd millennium BC.

Its representatives were distinguished by the skills of making stone and bone tools, as well as modeling from clay.

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