The first Neolithic urban center on China's north Loess Plateau: The rise and fall of Shimao

  title={The first Neolithic urban center on China's north Loess Plateau: The rise and fall of Shimao},
  author={Zhouyong Sun and Jing Shao and Li Liu and J. Cui and M. Bonomo and Qinghua Guo and Xiaohong Wu and Jiajing Wang},
  journal={Archaeological Research in Asia},
Abstract Our recent interdisciplinary investigations have revealed an unexpected prehistorical complex settlement system developed in the north Loess Plateau, a region previously regarded as the frontier of Chinese civilization. Many of the settlements are stone fortifications built on hilltops, and the primary center was a massive (> 400 ha) stone walled site at Shimao in Shaanxi (ca. 2300–1800 cal. BCE). Shimao was composed of a central palatial terrace surrounded by two layers of stone… Expand

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