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THE DRINKS ARE ON US: RITUAL, SOCIAL STATUS, AND PRACTICE IN DAWENKOU BURIALS, NORTH CHINA

THE DRINKS ARE ON US: RITUAL, SOCIAL STATUS, AND PRACTICE IN DAWENKOU BURIALS, NORTH CHINA THE DRINKS ARE ON US: RITUAL, SOCIAL STATUS, AND PRACTICE IN DAWENKOU BURIALS, NORTH CHINA BY CHRISTOPHER FUNG (Hawaii PaciŽ c University) Abstract This paper investigates mortuary remains as the material component of past ritual behavior in the Neolithic Dawenkou Culture of North China. By examining the ritual function of ceramic burial goods and their spatial relationships within graves, the author argues that an ideology of competitive funerary ritual developed in Dawenkou and society during the period 5000-2500 B.C. Such an ideology may have been a contrib- uting factor in the development of social complexity in northern coastal China. Since its discovery in the early 1970s, Dawenkou Culture, located in Shandong and northern Jiangsu and Anhui Provinces has been the subject of a great deal of scholarly attention (see summaries in Chang 1986; Shandong Sheng Bowuguan 1978; Shao 1984; Wu 1982 1987). Dawenkou Culture is best known for its extremely elaborate graves, and for the interpretations regarding social complexity that archae- ologists and historians have constructed on the basis of those graves (e.g. Keightley 1985a, 1985b, 1986, 1987; Pearson 1981; Underhill 1983). By the end of the Dawenkou Culture period (ca. 2400 B.C.), the social order expressed in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

THE DRINKS ARE ON US: RITUAL, SOCIAL STATUS, AND PRACTICE IN DAWENKOU BURIALS, NORTH CHINA

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 2 (1): 67 – Jan 1, 2000

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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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10.1163/156852300509808
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THE DRINKS ARE ON US: RITUAL, SOCIAL STATUS, AND PRACTICE IN DAWENKOU BURIALS, NORTH CHINA BY CHRISTOPHER FUNG (Hawaii PaciŽ c University) Abstract This paper investigates mortuary remains as the material component of past ritual behavior in the Neolithic Dawenkou Culture of North China. By examining the ritual function of ceramic burial goods and their spatial relationships within graves, the author argues that an ideology of competitive funerary ritual developed in Dawenkou and society during the period 5000-2500 B.C. Such an ideology may have been a contrib- uting factor in the development of social complexity in northern coastal China. Since its discovery in the early 1970s, Dawenkou Culture, located in Shandong and northern Jiangsu and Anhui Provinces has been the subject of a great deal of scholarly attention (see summaries in Chang 1986; Shandong Sheng Bowuguan 1978; Shao 1984; Wu 1982 1987). Dawenkou Culture is best known for its extremely elaborate graves, and for the interpretations regarding social complexity that archae- ologists and historians have constructed on the basis of those graves (e.g. Keightley 1985a, 1985b, 1986, 1987; Pearson 1981; Underhill 1983). By the end of the Dawenkou Culture period (ca. 2400 B.C.), the social order expressed in

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Published: Jan 1, 2000

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