Archaeologists have discovered two lacquered objects more than 8,000 years old in the eastern Chinese province of Zhujiang, Xinhua reported. They are the earliest such objects known in China.
The lacquered items were found at the Jingtoushan site on the outskirts of Ningbo. These are some of the oldest ruins in China, dating from 7,800 to 8,300 years. In 2020, they are included in the top 10 of the most significant archaeological discoveries in China.
“Radiocarbon dating has shown that the objects found are about 8,200 years old. One may be part of a canoe or a musical instrument, while the other may have been used for weaving,” said Sun Guoping, head of the team of archaeologists involved. the excavations. According to him, the findings show that the tradition of Chinese lacquered products is at least 8,300 years old.
Excavations in Jingtoushan began in 2019.