Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 48, Issue 17, pp 1877–1881 | Cite as

Prehistoric disasters at Lajia Site, Qinghai, China

  • Xiaoyan Yang
  • Zhengkai Xia
  • Maolin Ye


Lajia Site, located near the upper reaches of the Yellow River and the border of Qinghai Province and Gansu Province, is a large-scale site of the Qijia Culture. In 2000 and 2001, archaeologists excavated an unusual scene of prehistoric dramatic and miserable disasters. Lots of geologic-geographic evidences revealed that the Lajia Site was ruined by coinstantaneous disasters, mainly floods from the Yellow River and earthquakes, accompanying mountainous torrents. Study on these disasters and their driven forces could provide us not only the knowledge on the palaeoenvironment of the area, but also offer us a valuable site to assess the influence of the natural disasters on human civilization development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoyan Yang
    • 1
  • Zhengkai Xia
    • 1
  • Maolin Ye
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban & Environmental SciencesPeking UniversityBeijiingChina
  2. 2.Institute of ArchaeologyChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

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