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    Up to now, the Yuyao Hemudu Relic, which was excavated in 1973, is the earliest, largest culture relic in the downstream area of Yangtze River. About 5,000 excavations from this site show us a picture of the daily activities of the ancients 7000 years ago. They had created the Rice-planting Culture when agriculture economy is the dominant aspect of the society.
    There are various aboriginal artworks among the excavations of the Yuyao Hemudu Relic. On the pottery wares, there are lots of patterns of bird, fish, dog, lizard and five-leaf rice. These artworks adopt different skills including carving and modeling, different materials including bones, ivories and argils, and different patterns including double-headed birds and two phoenixes around a red run, etc. The simple composition of pictures and the flowing lines are unparalleled and most remarkable. In particular, the bone whistles unearthed can be played music on even now. What is more admirable is that the ancient people there had realized the concept of beauty because among the excavations, there are a lot of ornaments (like semi-circular pendants, beads and tubes) made of jade and precious stones which are perfectly balanced in shape and bear delicate processing skills. Besides, people in Hemudue had learned to dress themselves with necklaces and ornaments made of animal teeth or fish backbones.
    The Hemudu Culture is the eve of the human civilization, and later the dawn, the Liangzhu Culture reveals the wisdom of the ancients.
The wooden arrowhead unearthed from the Kuahuqiao Relic
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