Renovated relic site offers fresh take on ancient culture

Wu Huixin
The Kuahu Bridge Site Museum has reopened to the public with new Neolithic artifacts, including the country's oldest canoe.
Wu Huixin
Renovated relic site offers fresh take on ancient culture
Ti Gong

Archeologists excavate the 8,000-year-old Neolithic Kuahu Bridge site in the Kuahu Bridge Site Museum which was built on the excavation site. After a 10-month renovation, the museum in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan District has reopened to the public. 

After a 10-month renovation, the Kuahu Bridge Site Museum in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan District reopened to the public recently.

The museum was built on the excavation site of the Neolithic Kuahu Bridge which dates back to 8,000 years ago.

A canoe excavated from the site is considered the oldest one in the country. Grains discovered there indicate that rice was harvested in the area 1,000 years earlier than previously believed.

The canoe was discovered 18 years ago, 6 meters beneath the bottom of Xianghu Lake. Scientists used advanced dehydration technology to protect it. Now it is covered with glass and kept in a constant temperature and humidity environment where people can observe it at a close distance.

In 2015, scientists spent more than one year replicating a new canoe according to the design and manufacturing materials of the Kuahu Bridge canoe and then successfully piloted it in the East China Sea. Now, the replicated canoe is also on display in the venue.

Renovated relic site offers fresh take on ancient culture
Ti Gong

The canoe excavated from the site of the Neolithic Kuahu Bridge is considered the oldest one in China. 

The excavation of Kuahu Bridge site spanned more than 12 years with fruitful archeological discoveries.

An unearthed lacquered bow is believed to be the earliest lacquered object found in the world, giving weight to the theory that Zhejiang Province was the origin of China’s lacquerware culture. The bow is also one of the highlights of the new venue. State (2032-222 BC) through the on view. (2070-1600 BC), (1600-1046 BC) and (1046–771 BC) dynasties, the people were considered savage, fierce ethnic minorities that ate raw meat and practiced witchcraft. Bridge Culture laid the foundation for Culture, along with the Neolithic Culture in City, eastern Province. State. They covered wooden tools with layers of lacquer in an effort to enhance flexibility and hardness. (1600-1046 BC) and (1046–771 BC) dynasties, the people were considered savage, fierce ethnic minorities that ate raw meat and practiced witchcraft. Bridge Culture laid the foundation for Culture, along with the Neolithic Culture in City, eastern Province. State. They covered wooden tools with layers of lacquer in an effort to enhance flexibility and hardness.

Renovated relic site offers fresh take on ancient culture
Ti Gong

Primitive wooden and stone tools used in the Yue State

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