The First Neolithic Urban Center on China’s Loess Plateau:
Discovery and Interpretation of the Shimao Site
Tang Special Annual Lecture in Archeology, 2017-2018
The discovery of the Shimao site in northern Shaanxi, the largest Neolithic stone walled settlement in China (>400 ha; ca. 2300-1800 cal. BCE), revealed a unique trajectory to urbanism in China. This once powerful kingdom centered around Shimao was completely unknown in ancient textual records. The discovery challenges previous understandings of sociopolitical changes in early complex society over a broader region on the eve of the Chinese dynastic civilization.
Sun Zhouyong, PhD, Professor and Director of Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology
Chen Xingcan, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Liu Li, Stanfod University
Nicola Di Cosmo, Institute for Advanced Study
Brian Lander, Brown University
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