Millennium-old construction site found in northwest China

(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists have unearthed three pieces of a semi-circular tile dating from the late Yangshao culture in northwest China’s capital city of Shaanxi, Xinhua reports.

These semi-circular tile fragments were found in the ruins of a crypt house at the Matengkun site, which is located in the village of Matengkun in the Yanta region, covering an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 30,000 square meters.

All of these shards are clay-orange pottery with clear cutting and working marks, as well as residual fingerprints. Pottery fragments such as pots, bowls, jugs, and rings, as well as tools such as pottery knives and stone knives, have also been found in the ruins of the semi-crypt home.

Semi-circular tiles served as an important building material for higher class buildings in ancient China. The discovery of tileware from the late Yangshao period provides important materials for studying the origin and architectural history of the building materials of that era.

The Yangshao culture, which is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old, originated in the middle reaches of the Yellow River and is considered an important stream of Chinese civilization. It is widely known for its advanced ceramic manufacturing techniques.

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