Neolithic Site of Gaomiao at Qianyang County and Tangjiagang, Anxiang County
The site of Gaomiao is at the Yanli Village of Chatou Town, Qianyang County, covering an area of 120,000 square meters with two archaeological cultures closely related. The culture of the lower layer can be traced back to 7,000 years ago when images of gods and holy birds were put on the pottery ware surface to make them delicate as well as practical vessels and to embody certain religious belief. The pottery vessels are invaluable materials for studying prehistoric religion and art. The site of Tangjiagang at the village of Liujiazui, Anquan Town, Anxiang County covers 10,000 square meters and has a history of more than 6500 years, featuring the medium term of the Neolithic Age. It was excavated twice respectively in 1978 and 1990. There are over 100 tombs at the site abundant in burial articles among which are well-wrought white pottery trays and red pottery trays with unique patterns on the outside and bottom surface. The potteries unearthed at the two sites are typical of the unearthed Neolithic sites in Hunan and are treasured among prehistoric arts.

Pottery Pot with Holy Birds Design

Neolithic Age 7000 years ago
Diameter at mouth 15cm belly diameter 20cm height 23cm
Unearthed at Gaomiao site, Chatou Town, Qianyang County in 1991
Holy birds designs reflect the original religious consciousness of our ancestors, and the Pot is maybe a holy utensil for sacrifice.