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Masks & Crops, Group A,
Lianyungang city, Jiangsu province
Many masks rock engravings have been found in Southeast area. In 1979, a rock engraving site was discovered in Jiangjinyan, southwest of Lianyungang City 9km, close to the sea. The size of this site 22 * 15 meters and the elevation is about 20 meters. This is a huge shiny black rock, slope with three obvious groups containing masks, crops, animals, birds, the sun, star, and varying symbols.
The Lianyungang rock engravings are of great interest, most of the figures show mythical beings represented as anthropomorphic faces on the end of stalks; the crop designs appearing in the rock engravings reflect just one of human life in this southeast coast region of the Stone Age. Perhaps they reflect the worship of the sun and the earth, as agriculture was the main resource of the people. Scholars consider that they belong to the Neolithic age, Ca 5,000 years ago.
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