Hemudu Site. /河姆渡遗址。[Photo by Wang Peng]王鹏摄
Exhibits of primitive life are not always confined to a showcase. At the Hemudu Cultural Site Museum in Yuyao, visitors can delve into the wilds to experience a way of life long past.
The site is open to tourists to explore the life of a tribe that was active 7,000 years ago when people hunted wild animals, cultivated rice, and fished in the area's rivers and lakes.
Items exhibited include remains of rice kernels, ceramic fragments with carbonized rice and husks, wooden joints, ivory artifacts in the shape of birds, and ivory carved plates with sun motifs.
The Hemudu site has attracted a range of researchers from all over the world, who found that its people turned from gathering wild food to rice farming as early as 7,000 years ago.
Based on the research of Prof. Dorian Fuller from University College London and Prof. Zheng Yunfei from Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Antiquity and Archaeology, it is now recognized as the Hemudu Neolithic Culture.
By Jin Lu