Two Chinese sites were placed among the world’s top 10 archaeological discoveries at thefirst Shanghai
Archaeology Forum yesterday. Liangzhu in neighboring Zhejiang Province and Shimao Stone City in
northwest ShaanxiProvince joined the likes of the Egypt’s Giza Plateau and sites of the Maya
civilization in Guatemala.
“The Liangzhu site, the cradle of the last Neolithic jade culture, is one of the biggest ancientcities
discovered in China,” said the selection committee of some 40 archaeologists from 17countries.
The committee said “the magnificent water system along the walls of the ancient city, andwithin
and outside its palaces, offered important resources on the exploration of theChinese civilization.”