Site of the city of the early Shang Dynasty
(17th century-11th century BC)
County, Hubei Province
Period: Around 15th century BC
Excavated in 1974
Significance: The find has clarified the
circulation and distribution of the Shang Culture in the Yangtze River valley.
|Round bronze ding (a three-legged or four-legged
cauldron) with animal mask: cooking vessel or ritual vessel (right, height
48 cm); Bronze yue (battle axe): weapon (in the background, length 41
Panlongcheng Site is the city ruins of the
middle Shang Dynasty. The site, located near the confluence of the Yangtze and
Hanshui rivers in central Hubei Province, consists of five graves and two
storage pits that were first excavated in 1963 and a town wall and palace
foundations that were uncovered in 1974.
Panlongcheng Site was an ancient walled-town
of Hangtu construction, covering an area of 75,400 square meters. It was 290
meters long from south to north, and 260 meters wide from east to south. The
site is divided into four parts -- the palace, residential area, graveyard and
workshop district. By far, hundreds of cultural relics as bronze ware, pottery
and jade have been unearthed in the site.