Even further back in time an exhibition in Shanghai is marking the fourth National Cultural Heritage Day of China. Almost one-hundred items are on display, painting a lively picture of life in East China in the prehistoric era.
The exhibition is on display at the Qingpu Museum. On show are a total of 91 artifacts -- all of them excavated from the prehistoric Fuquanshan site. These new stone age relics were dug out of tombs of the local nobility who ruled a sizable East China community about a hundred-thousand years ago. The treasures are mostly artifacts made of jade and pottery ware. Many of them bear vivid carvings of local divinities. And experts believe they were important items used in rituals and ceremonies.
The Fuquanshan site is located in Shanghai's Zhonggu Town. The area was designated as a national historical site in the 1980s. Over the decades, a series of excavations have produced thousands of prehistoric relics. Many of them have shed light on the daily life of the upper caste of people in the neolithic period.