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[Liang-chu]. Type site near Hangzhou, China, of the Liangzhu culture. Represented at many sites in northern Zhejiang, southern Jiangsu, and Shanghai, Liangzhu is a continuation of the Majiabang culture of the same region. Seven radiocarbon dates range from c3300 to c2250 BC. The Liangzhu jade industry was very advanced; jade zong from Liangzhu sites bear face-like designs that may have inspired the taotie motif. Similar zong have been found far to the southwest in Guangdong province at Maba Shixia (Qujiang Xian) accompanying pottery that recalls Liangzhu (and its immediate predecessor, the Songze phase of Majiabang) and Qujialing.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied