Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh

Upper Daling Region Settlement Dataset
Christian E. Peterson, Lu Xueming, Robert D. Drennan, and Zhu Da

Hongshan Ceremonial Architecture

The locations of Hongshan period platforms, probable platforms, and elaborate burials, as indicated only by the sherds of painted pottery mortuary cylinders (tongxingqi). Tongxingqi sherds were also typically found at platform locations. These locations are represented in map form as an AutoCAD (Release 12) .DXF file called PLATFORMS.DXF. Each location is represented as an AutoCAD Point entity on the following layers:

Click here to download the file PLATFORMS.DXF (9 KB).

These locations are also provided as XY coordinate pairs in a table. The coordinates on the first line in the data file correspond to the excavated ceremonial platform at the Dongshanzui site. PLATFORMCOOS.TXT is a comma-delimited ASCII text file, which should be easy to import into spreadsheet, database, and statistical programs for manipulation and analysis. PLATFORMCOOS.XLS contains the same data in the form of an Excel spreadsheet which is easier to browse, and can also be imported into many programs. Each line represents one location. There are 23 lines, each with 3 variables separated by commas. The variables are, in the following order:


Nature of the location ("Platform", "Probable Platform", "Tongxingqi")


X coordinate (UTM Easting) in meters.


Y coordinate (UTM Northing) in meters.

The first line of the ASCII text file, for example, looks like this:


This means that this is the location of a platform, and it is located at UTM coordinates 734623 East, 4555686 North.

The last, or 23rd line of the ASCII text file is:


This means that this is the location of a Tongxingqi, and it is located at UTM coordinates 742064 East, 4569914 North.


Click here to download the file PLATFORMCOOS.TXT (1 KB) or the file PLATFORMCOOS.XLS (7 KB).

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