Beyond the Great Wall: Archaeology of Northeast China

Beyond the Great Wall: Archaeology of Northeast China

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Edited by Sarah Milledge Nelson

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 232mm x 24mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415117550
  • ISBN 13: 9780415117555
  • Illustrations note: Ill.71figs.

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An up-to-date synthesis of the archaeology and prehistory of the region called Dongbei by the Chinese, but known in the west as Manchuria. Based on recent archaeological discoveries, the book presents evidence to show that far from being a backwater palely reflecting the glories of central China, Manchuria in prehistory had both its own developmental trajectory, parallel to but different from that of China, and contributed to the formation of the characteristics of what came to be Chinese. New information on the Northeast region of China indicates that it was not populated exclusively by nomadic peoples, but that some of the earliest farming sites can be found here. The Hongshan culture with its Goddess Temple and female figurines is unique, with spectacular and unprecedented jade carving. Lower Xiajiadian culture has painted pottery that can be seen to be the forerunner to the magnificent Shang bronzes.

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'This fills a big gap in up-to-date information on Chinese prehistory in the English language. Nelson has performed a great service bringing this volume to fruition.' - New Scientist 'The book-like an archaeological dig itself - is filled wth tantalising information.' - THES

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Part I: Neolithic 1. Hongshan and Associated Cultures 2. New Discoveries and Analysis of the Houwa Site 3. New Neolithic Discoveries in Jilin Province 4. The Neolithic in Heilongjiang Province Part II: Bronze Age 5. Lower Xiajiadian Culture 6. Northern-type Bronzes in Liaoning Province 7. The Bronze Age in Jilin Province 8. The Bronze Age of the Song-nen Plain