Ancient ritual ax with unusual engraving discovered in China

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(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists from the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology in Wuxi reported the discovery of a 4,500-year-old ritual weapon with engraved tigers.

A team of archaeologists discovered 329 stone tools, 73 arrowheads and many ceramic and jade artifacts at an archaeological site in the city of Wuxi.

A stone ax with engraved tigers and patterns of clouds and birds on both sides is the most notable find. The artifact was found on a sacrificial platform and shows signs of wear and damage.

Scholars believe that this ax was probably used during rituals and symbolized strength rather than being a weapon used for conflict.

The artifact belongs to the Liangzhu culture, one of the most developed Neolithic cultures in China.

However, severe flooding in the lowlands may have forced the people of Liangzhu to leave their capital, eventually leading to the collapse of the entire civilization around 2300 BC.

The Liangzhu culture is one of the most advanced Neolithic cultures in China, originating around 3300 BC in the Yangtze River Delta.

This culture was characterized by a high level of development of handicrafts, especially ceramics, and developed forms of social organization.

The people of the Liangzhu culture used stone and bone tools, made pottery, and developed animal husbandry and agriculture.

The Liangzhu culture is also known for its unique rituals and rituals, as evidenced by the above find of a ritual stone ax with images of tigers.

Severe flooding in the lowlands may have forced the people of Liangzhu to leave their capital. Despite this, the Liangzhu culture left a significant legacy that can be found in many museums and archaeological sites in China.


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