Monday 22nd of April 2019

Donghaiyu Site
  Release time: 2017-06-24

Donghaiyu Site is located to the northwest of Donghaiyu Village in Rizhao Economic and Technological Development Zone. It neighbors the Yellow Sea to the east and is next to Kui Mountain to the west. Its northeast area is about 2.5 meters higher than the surrounding ground area, and is gradually declining to the southwest, thus is called by the local people as “Aoziding” (meaning top of this griddle-shaped area). Found in 1960, Donghaiyu Site has an area of about 75,000 square meters, with cultural layer of about 0-2 meters. Three layers, representing the late Dawenkou Culture, the transition period from Dawenkou Culture to Longshan Culture, and the Longshan Culture respectively, are discovered together for the first time and well prove the inheritance and evolutionary relation between Dawenkou Culture and Longshan Culture. These three cultural layers are not only connected with one another in the development of artifacts, but also inherited one another in aspects like graves and housing buildings. Donghaiyu Site is a sub-center for settlement groups with Yaowangcheng as their center, and is the “Yi City” (Yi refers to a place larger than county in ancient China) of the ancient kingdom of Yaowangcheng. The use of stylobate and tamping technology is the first time in traditional Chinese tamping platform-based civil architecture. The unearthed hollowed and egg-shell shaped black pot cup with high handle has a truly smart and delicate design with a light, tall, straight and beautiful body shape and exquisite technology of amazing art. It is the best representative for black pottery production technique of Longshan Era and a unique ancient art treasure. The Site was approved as Historical and Cultural Relics Protection Unit at provincial level by Revolutionary Committee of Shandong Province in 1977, and approved as key Historical and Cultural Protection Site at national level by the State Council in 2006.