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Yangshao Line breaks: Yang|shao
Pronunciation: /jaŋˈʃaʊ/

Definition of Yangshao in English:


[usually as modifier] Archaeology
A Neolithic civilization of northern China, dated to circa 5000–2700 bc and preceding the Longshan period. It is marked by pottery painted with naturalistic designs of fish and human faces and abstract patterns of triangles, spirals, arcs, and dots.
Example sentences
  • The Yangshao site in northern Henan province, China, has provided archaeological evidence of the Chinese Neolithic period.
  • The pottery signs represented by Yangshao culture have also been found at other places.
  • For example, the neolithic sites of the Yangshao culture along the midsection of the Yellow River confirm the traditional view that the river basin was the cradle of the Chinese civilization.


Named after Yang Shao Cun, the first settlement of this period to be excavated (1921).

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