Erlitou 二里头 culture, often identified with the semi-legendary Xia dynasty, is the earliest state-level culture in ancient China and the earliest Chinese archaeological culture in which bronze was used extensively, primarily for the casting of ritual vessels.

Erlitou culture (c. 1900–1500 BCE) existed in early Bronze Age (the period of human culture characterized by the use of bronze) with its center in western Henan and southern Shanxi provinces. The culture is named after the archaeological site

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:13-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Science, Technology, and Medicine, Technology|Comments Off on Erlitou Culture (Èrlǐtóu wénhuà 二里头文化)|Èrlǐtóu wénhuà 二里头文化 (Erlitou Culture)

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