Jiahu and turquoise

Look at the early written (Jiahu) symbols here:


Dated to around 6600BC. Notice the top one which looks like an eye with two lines below.

Now look at D9 here, the Egyptian hieroglyph from considerably later.


Here is the Jiahu music played on beautiful flutes one of which you can see here:



The oldest phase at Jiahu only contains two flutes, which are tetratonic and pentatonic; the middle phase at Jiahu contains several flutes, including an interesting pair of hexatonic flutes. One of the flutes was broken, and the other flute seems to be a replica of the first flute, as it shows evidence of adjustments made to match the pitch of the first. Innovations in the last phase include the use of heptatonic flutes. The flutes were cut, smoothed at the ends, polished and finally drilled with a row of holes on one side. One of the broken flutes was repaired by drilling fourteen tiny holes along the breakage lines and then tying the sections together with hemp string.

The flutes play in the so-called pentatonic scale, in which octaves are divided into five notes—the basis of many kinds of music, including Chinese folk music.” Wikipedia

Three or four thousand years before Stonehenge and the pyramids. What kind of people were they?

“The Jiahu people are not believed to have been warlike in nature, but capable of defending themselves if the need arose.

Thorough examination of the site has revealed no evidence of any armed conflict. Unearthed human remains showing signs of violent death are very rare, and scattered along the known timeline—rather than occurring at the same time which would indicate a battle. It is possible that the large size of the settlement, its substantial defenses, and the improved weapons of the Jiahu people may have caused potential enemies of that time to keep their distance. Such a scenario is consistent with the substantial growth in population and longevity exhibited by the Jiahu site. Without war, and with plenty of nutritious food, the village flourished……

They found signature molecules proving alcohol was fermented from rice, honey, grapes, and hawthorn. Researchers hypothesize that this hybrid beverage (a beer, wine, and mead combination) was fermented by the process of mold saccharification, a uniquely Chinese contribution to the art of beverage-making in which several mold species are used to break down the carbohydrates of rice and other grains into simple, fermentable sugars. Specific aromatic herbs and flowers such as chrysanthemum, in addition to tree resins such as China fir, had been added to the hybrid beverages, the researchers found. These aromatic additions, as well as the honey, indicate that fermented beverages with a pleasing aroma and sweet taste were important to the Jiahu people.

Substantial quantities of rice and millet were stored in pottery jars, enabling the specialization of labor. Jiahu society is believed to have been fairly egalitarian, with several hundred residents of the village at the height of its development. Comparative DNA evidence from remains in the Jiahu settlement itself, as well as other evidence gathered, leads to speculation among researchers that there were one or more other ancient villages nearby, with peaceful interaction with the Jiahu in some form; but the sites of other villages nearby have not been located…….

At Jiahu, archaeologists identified eleven markings of #HYPERLINK “/wiki/Jiahu_symbols”Jiahu symbols, also known as pictograms: nine on tortoise shells and two on bone, as possible evidence for proto-writing. The markings correspond to the middle phase. Some of the markings are quite similar to later Chinese characters; two of the most intriguing marks appear to be similar to later characters for eye () and sun (). However, correspondence of many early non-writing symbols with the Shang dynasty period oracle bone writing is to be expected, given the pictographic style of many of the Shang characters.

In later Chinese culture dating to around 3500 BC, tortoise shells were used as a form of divination. These were subjected to intense heat, and the cracks that formed were read as omens. The cracks were then carved as permanent marks on the surface of the shell. The evidence of shell pictograms from Jiahu may indicate that this tradition, or a related one, has much deeper roots in ancient Chinese culture than previously considered. Since the earliest pictograms were not intended to visually represent anything, and resulted from the random cracks appearing in overheated tortoise shells, it appears that the creation of the early Chinese written language was very random…..

Based on the archaeological evidence, a severe flood from the nearby rivers submerged most or all of the Jiahu settlement under a few feet of water sometime around 5700 BC. The inhabitants evacuated. It is not known where they went. The absence of tools and weapons in most of the residences indicates that they were able to salvage most of their belongings. They may have built a new village that has not been discovered, emigrated to the Peiligang villages, or scattered.” Wikipedia

There were many subsequent cultures living in this area called Shandong but how extraordinary these ancient ones were and how beautiful their artefacts. Like the Egyptians they had a great love of turquoise and imported it from hundreds of miles away. We might note that lapis lazuli imported from Afghanistan has been found in tombs in Egypt dating to 3300BC. The Jiahu were up to 4000 years before that.

“For example, as an earthen shaft tomb, M55 is rectangular in plane and 2.7m long and 1.25m wide. The southern part is destroyed by a modern well. From preliminary judgment, the grave master is a roughly six-year-old child who is about 1 m tall with the head facing west. An ivory engraving is put below the head, and a round-belly hu-pot with two ears is on the left side of the head. Three pieces of pottery are discovered near the north wall of the tomb. What’s more, ornaments of turquoise are found on the neck, waist as well as legs. 228 turquoise pieces are found on the skeleton. Moreover, four turtle shells with stones inside cover the feet of the dead. Besides, a tooth of river deer is found by the side of the feet. All of these discoveries demonstrate the significance of the grave owner’s social status.

Tombs M56, M62, M65, M73, M75, M81 and so on, have lots of ornaments of turquoise, too. These tombs are belonged to the second phase of Jiahu culture according to the time of the artefacts and cultural stratums. The unearthed ornaments of turquoise are in different sizes, which range from 1mm to 3mm showing the difficulty and accuracy of procession. So many ornaments of turquoise are found for the first time in the tombs which are intensively distributed in the northwest zone of the excavation, indicating that certain social division and different sections of tombs might already existed at that time”

http://www.kaogu.cn/en/News/New_discoveries/2014/0314/45557.htmlre leaving something for us.

They orientated most of their graves east-west but two were found north-south (like many predynsatic Egyptian tombs). Obviously here is a most ancient culture leaving something for us. What were they trying to tell us?

We might note:

“The oldest known skeleton in Ancient Egypt was discovered in a burial site referred to as Taramsa 1, close to the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. The body of an “anatomically modern” child was found which was dated to around 55,000 years ago (Pleistocene Age). The body was seated, with its legs bend to the left, leaning backwards in an east-west orientation.

Nazlet Khater (an Upper Palaeolithic site near Tahata in Upper Egypt) is the site of the oldest known underground mine in Ancient Egypt. Close to the mine archaeologists discovered two graves tentatively dated to 30,000 – 35,000 BC. One grave was in a very poor state, but in the other the body was clearly placed on its back, knees bent, head tilted to face the west. The left arm rested on the pelvis, the right stretched along the body. A bifacially shaped axe had been carefully placed at the bottom of the grave close to the head.

Qadan burials dating to between 14,000 and 12,000 (late Paleolithic) have been excavated at Gebel Sahaba (near Wadi Halfa in Lower Nubia). Bodies, a large number of which showed signs of violence and many of whom were buried in mass graves, were semi-contracted (where the body is placed in a foetal position) on their left sides with heads facing east. They were interred in pits covered with large sandstone slabs. Near contemporary burials at Wadi Tuskka (north of Abu Simbel) were marked by the placement of cattle skulls.

Neolithic Burials

The Quarian people lived in the high ground overlooking Proto-Moeris (dating to around 7050 BC). A single burial of a woman has been discovered in this location. The body was in a partially contracted position on the left side, head oriented south and facing east. Her left hand was under her head, her right covering her face”


They mined ‘chert’ a hard, dark rock often embedded with fossils or found as flint. This most ancient flint knife which I found in the sand of the Ramesseum when on honeymoon but thought was a pebble until I got home is an example.

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Both sides with my other pebble I consider a ‘wish fulfilling jewel’ which is limestone.

Have you ever considered that the orientation in which you sleep may affect you? The ancient Chinese did:

“Correct feng shui bed placement can really help you avoid a series of misfortunes. If you are tired of falling back into financial troubles or health troubles or misfortunes coming in battalions then you could be a victim of a bad bed placement. Rearranging your bedroom can help you tap into an immense good luck.


As we have advanced as a civilisation we have also lost so much and if we want our eyes open we must look in curious places. Why turquoise? Is it just the colour? It is the stone associated with the ancient Egyptian love goddess Hathor.

“Turquoise Stones have been in use for thousands of years, and are some of the oldest stones to be made into jewelry.

They have impressive metaphysical properties, and are powerful healing stones that will filter the fifth element ether, into the etheric body.

The natural energy of these stones will help you to communicate with truth. They are a strong stone of spiritual attunement and are very effective to aid communication.

They have a strong effect within the throat chakra, and they may aid you to manifest clairaudient and clairvoyant abilities, and they help to balance your male and female aspects.

The distinct vibration of these stones resonate within the throat and third eye chakras, allowing you to access past life knowledge.

This may be helpful if you are aiming to work in psychic employment as they enhance your effectiveness to communicate what comes through from spirit, within your day to day physical life.”


Is there any truth in that? There is only one way to find out.
















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