Ancient jade ware found in Hubei


WUHAN: Archaeologists have recently discovered jade ware that dates back over 4,000 years at a site in Hubei province, authorities said.

Jade battle-axes, an astronomical instrument and a tube, dating back to between 4,600 to 5,100 years ago, have been unearthed at the Mulintou site in Baokang county.

Besides jade ware, other items including human skeletons, stoneware and pottery have also been found at the site on Monday.

“A jade battle-axe was considered as a symbol of power. The astronomical instrument also indicated owners of the tombs were high-level people,” said archeologist team leader Da Haobo.

The new findings are crucial for the study of the funeral customs of the Qujialing culture, a late Neolithic culture discovered in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. — Xinhua

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