By Africa Today
China’s ancient Liangzhu Archaeological Site was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee during its 43rd session in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on Saturday.
The site, located in Yuhang District of Hangzhou City, east China’s Zhejiang Province, showcases the Chinese civilization of prehistoric rice agriculture that existed between 3300 B.C. and 2300 B.C.
Spanning about 14.34 square kilometers on the plain of river networks at the north foot of southeast China’s coastal hilly region, the site includes the archaeological remains and unearthed cultural relics of the Liangzhu Ancient City and an environment of wetland.
The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City provides profound and compelling evidence that Chinese civilization started 5,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to Colin Renfrew, a retired professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the British Academy.