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Longqiu Village Relics = Lóngqiú Zhuāng Yìzhǐ = 龙虬庄遗址
Say " lohng-chee-yoo jwahng yee-jihr"
The Longqiuzhun Relics are located in Longqiuzhuang Village, a
short drive north of Gaoyou. The Relic, as the Chinese refer to it,
is an archeological site where a tribal village from the Neolithic
era (approximately 7000 years ago) has been uncovered.
The site is a park like setting with many displays, and sculptures,
showing how the original inhabitants lived, and worked, 7000 years ago.
In addition, a small, but excellent, museum contains many impressive
artifacts excavated from the site. If you plan to visit the
Longqiuzhuang Relics, make sure that your guide service arranges access
in advance, as it is unclear when the site is open for visitors.
The Nanjing Museum, Yangzhou City Museum, and the Gaoyou Cultural
Relics Protection Society have together carried out four archaeological
excavations, and found four Neolithic era inhabitation relics, 34 ash
pits, and 402 tombs or graves. At the same time, over 2,000 cultural
relics including exquisite pottery, jade ware, and bone-horn ware were
Especially amazing to scientists, is that they found over 4000 high
quality grains of carbonized rice, 7,000 to 5,500 years old. These rice
grains are some of the best examples found in China. Archeologists have
determined that the rice was cultivated, not wild, helping to establish
a timeline for the spread of agriculture in ancient China.
The discovery, and excavation, of the Longqiuzhuang Relic has been
very important to the research of the distribution, and types of ancient
culture, in the Jiangsu Region, exploring the origin and spread of
China's rice farming, and defining the changes of the prehistoric
ecological environment. In 1993, The Longqiuzhuang Relic was chosen as
one of "Ten Great Archaeological Discoveries in China".
Resources for “Longqui Village Relics”
A book available for purchase at the China Post office in Gaoyou,
A Famous Historical and Cultural City
Author and publisher unknown.
A page on the Longqiu Village website www.longqiu.net