Qujialing culture

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Qujialing culture
Qujialing map.svg
Geographical range middle Yangtze
Period Neolithic
Dates c. 3400 – c. 2600 BC
Preceded by Daxi culture
Followed by Shijiahe culture
Chinese name
Chinese 屈家嶺文化

The Qujialing culture (3400–2600 BC) was a Neolithic civilisation centered primarily around the middle Yangtze River region in Hubei and Hunan, China. The culture succeeded the Daxi culture and reached southern Shaanxi, northern Jiangxi and southwest Henan. Artefact types unique to the culture include ceramic balls and painted spindle whorls; the later was inherited by the succeeding Shijiahe culture.

The type site at Qujialing was discovered in Jingshan County, Hubei, China. The site was excavated from 1955 to 1957. The remains of chickens, dogs, pigs and sheep were discovered at the site. The remains of fish were discovered in ten storage pits. Egg shell pottery and tripods were also discovered at the site.

Many of the artefacts from the culture are located in the Hubei Provincial Museum.

See also[edit]


  • Allan, Sarah (ed), The Formation of Chinese Civilization: An Archaeological Perspective, ISBN 0-300-09382-9