Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum-The Jigongshan Site

Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum

The Jigongshan Site

by Live in Guizhou


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The Jigongshan Site is located in a small basin in Zhongshui Town, 102 kilometers northwest of Weining County. Covering a total area of approximately 50,000 square meters, the site underwent two excavations by the Guizhou Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology from 2004 to 2005.

The excavation area spanned 3,000 square meters, uncovering 343 features, including pits, tombs, house structures, ditches, and roads. Among these, there were 315 pits, 19 tombs, 7 house structures, and 1 ditch and road. Nearly a thousand artifacts were unearthed, yielding significant results. The Zhongshui Jigongshan Site was recognized as one of the “Top Ten New Archaeological Discoveries in China” in 2005.

The excavation of the Zhongshui prehistoric site group, represented by the Jigongshan Site, marked the first discovery of a relatively comprehensive mountainous prehistoric settlement in Guizhou, filling many gaps in the region’s prehistoric archaeology. Although no direct stratigraphic overlapping relationships were found among the various cultural remains, the pottery indicates that there are both chronological relationships and interconnections among them.