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Academic Report: Archaeological discovery and interdisciplinary research on the pre-historical catastrophes in the Lajia Ruins along the Yellow River

Topic: Archaeological discovery and interdisciplinary research on the pre-historical catastrophes in the Lajia Ruins along the Yellow River

Reporter: Prof. Maolin Ye (Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Time: 13:30, Mar 26th, 2018

Room: 401, Xuexing Building

Contents:

The Upper Yellow River valley is one of the important sources for the Chinese civilization. Because of its unique position in time and space, the Qijia Culture bears an unparallel position in the study of the transition from prehistory to civilization in China and the interactions between China and her western neighbors. The Qijia Culture has both the components of Huaxia culture and the elements of the cultures in the areas west of today’s China. The new discoveries from the Lajia site have significantly moved forward the study of the Qijia Culture and other prehistoric cultures in the Upper Yellow River valley. The finds of high rank remains suggest that the Qijian Culture probably had developed a social structure similar to its contemporary counterparts in the Central Plain and eastern China. The changes of the Lajia settlement structure indicate the society also changed. The cave-dwellings provide new materials to study the prehistoric settlement types in the Upper Yellow River valley.In sum, the archaeology of the Lajia site has offered an excellent case to study the origin of a civilization in the context of the interchanges between the Yellow River and the Steppes, as well as to investigate the transformations of prehistoric societies and their ancient environment.