Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chinese cave house.



Jinghe river in Shanxi Province of China is in the news today with the discovery of a row of 17 cave houses built between 3500 BC and 3000 BC. Reportedly these houses belong to the late Neolithic culture called Yangshao that originated in the reaches of the Yellow river. Pottery with painted patterns is noted to be the chief profession here during that time.

Each house measured about 10 sq. meters with some made of wood and mud. Pottery kilns were discovered as also pottery wares in each house, and so the houses belonged to pottery makers. In earlier discoveries, one kiln was found for a group of houses. Presence of potters also indicates division of labor. Storage of pottery in cave-houses also indicates private ownership in ancient China. One moat was also discovered here now.

Source: The Hindu January 27, 2009, Chennai, India.

1 comments on "Chinese cave house."

Malathy on January 27, 2009 at 9:15 AM said...

Very interesting. For a history graduate, it is useful and I gain a new insight on something that I like.

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