Carving technology dates back to early Neolithic days
( 2003-12-04 10:35) (Xinhua)
China's carving technology could be several thousand years older than what
many people think, as Chinese forefathers were already carving dainty images
into porcelain and stoneware in the early Neolithic years.
Archeologists have made the assumption based on the stone and porcelain
vessels they recently unearthed from a well-preserved residential site in Yixian
county, north China's Hebei province, that is believed to date back 7,000 to
They unearthed a rectangular foundation of a crypt-like house at the site and
some 200 pieces of porcelain and stoneware, including cooking utensils, bowls,
jars and tools.
"Most of the pieces bear human faces or other daintily carved images," said
an expert with the Hebei Provincial Cultural Heritage Institute.
Experts also assume from the unearthed pieces that Chinese forefathers still
used stone vessels sometime after they had invented porcelain.
The 20,000 square meter site, 12.5 kilometers from the county seat, is
believed to date back to the early years of the Neolithic Age, earlier than
Cishan and Peiligang, two other Neolithic sites unearthed earlier in Hebei and