Rethinking Erlitou: legend, history and Chinese archaeology

@article{Liu2007RethinkingEL,
  title={Rethinking Erlitou: legend, history and Chinese archaeology},
  author={Li Liu and Hong Xu},
  journal={Antiquity},
  year={2007},
  volume={81},
  pages={886 - 901}
}
Erlitou is one of the most important settlements in early China, a prime site for the investigation of early cities and states. Traditionally, it has been described, dated and explained in terms of dynastic succession – the dynasties of the Xia and the Shang being the ethnically-distinct actors and prime movers that made history here. In a brilliant analysis, the authors decouple the semi-legendary textual histories from the up-to-date archaeological sequence at Erlitou itself. This article… 
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