The Neolithic Stone Implements of China: a review

Zhang Chi (Translated by Zhuang Lina, Department of Archaeology, The National Museum of China, Beijing and Zhai Shaodong, La Trobe University, Melbourne)

Beijing University. Supported by the Programme for New Century Excellence and Talent in the University.

Cite this as: Zhang, C. 2009 The Neolithic Stone Implements of China: a review, Internet Archaeology 26.


Ground stone tools are characteristic of the Neolithic period in China. This article provides a general review of this material, encompassing raw material choices, geographical distribution, and the forms and functions of implements. This review provides a basis for inferring something about the social, economic and political conditions in which stone tools were produced and used at this time.

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