21 August 2009
Vol 325, Issue 5943

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COVER This elegantly carved jade face from Liangzhu in southeastern China provides an intriguing glimpse into the beliefs of the people who lived there from 3400 B.C.E. to 2250 B.C.E. As described in a special News Focus section beginning on page 930, discoveries at Liangzhu and other regions far from the traditional heartland of Chinese civilization are revealing surprisingly complex ancient cultures that thrived in far-flung regions of China. Photo: Liu Bin/Archaeological Institute of Zhejiang Province