Earliest Prehistoric Bulwark Unearthed in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-06-10

A 4000-year old revetment embankment was discovered in west Chengdu’s Wenjiang District, released the Jinsha Site Museum recently.
A 4000-year old revetment embankment was discovered in west Chengdu’s Wenjiang District, released the Jinsha Site Museum recently. This is the earliest water conservancy facility yet unearthed on the Chengdu Plain.
The revetment embankment is a site of the Period III of Baodun Culture (2500-1750BC), a Neolithic culture centered on the Chengdu Plain, dating back to about 4000 years. Running in a northwest-southeast direction, it is trapezoidal, 147 meters long, 1.3 meters high, 12 meters wide in the top and 14 meters wide in the bottom.
Along with the previously excavated dam relics of the Liangzhu Culture (3400-2250BC), the last Neolithic jade culture in the Yangtze River Delta, this new discovery can be considered as the earliest known prehistoric water conservancy facilities in China, said Wang Yi, curator of the Jinsha Site Museum.
The Baodun sites can help to prove that the Chinese civilization has diverse origins, and is also of great significance for exploring the origins of civilization in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
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