The Curious History of Taosi, the Longshan and the Xia
Many in the west have never heard of the Longshan Culture, the Xia Dynasty, Taosi, Erlitou or Yu the Great and would certainly be hard pressed to differentiate between Shanxi and Shaanxi. At best they could identify the Yellow River or Huang He as Chinese but would then promptly confuse it with the Chang Jiang, a name unknown to them as they would know it only as the Yangtze, not even the Yangzi! If Chinese history and geography are impenetrable enough then Chinese pre-history is even tougher! I can state this with some certainty for, before residing in China and beginning to learn about some of these mysteries, I was as ignorant myself.
Researching Taosi, a major Neolithic settlement in Shanxi, northern China, was an opportunity for me to learn more about Chinese pre-history and I hope, with this short article, for me to share this knowledge and my thoughts with you.
If you enjoy this article you may well enjoy The Curious History of the Hakka and the Tulou.