The Earliest and Most Complete Large-scale Wooden Building Foundation in China Found in Lixian County

Source:常德政府网 Date:2021-10-11 09:20:15 【Fonts:Small Big

On October 11, the on-site meeting of experts from the archaeological excavation of the Jijiaocheng site was held in Lixian County, Changde. The site is the key topic of the research on the civilization process of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River in the “Archaeological China” major research project. The meeting announced the discovery of a wooden house with a main part of at least 330 square meters, or at least 500 square meters’ with southern corridors. This is the earliest and most complete wood structure foundation found in China in the field of archaeological discoveries, dating back to about 4,700 years ago.

Experts believe that this latest discovery not only proves that the prehistoric ancient city of the Jijiaocheng site has entered the ancient civilization (the civilization between tribe to formation of the country). At the same time, its architectural form and culture have inherited the past and continued to the present, which strongly proves the continuity of Chinese civilization and is a major new contribution of Hunan archaeology to the exploration of the civilization process of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.

The site of Jijiaocheng is located in Jijiaocheng Village (formerly Fuxing Village), Jiannan Town, Lixian County, Changde. It was discovered in 1978 and covers an area of about 150,000 square meters. From the surface, outside its moat, there is a network of water system composed of two outer trenches and a series of ditches. With Jijiaocheng as the center, there are dozens of sites of the same period distributed within about two square kilometers, forming a huge settlement group.


Translator: Ning Bo

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