Dawenkou culture, a peculiar primitive culture, was born in the lower reaches of the Yellow River around 6,300 years ago.

The Dawenku cultural site, located to the south of the world famous Mt. Tai, was first discovered in 1959. After three massive archeological excavations, the site is explored to cover an area of 820,000 m2. In its history of more than 2,500 years, the people in Dawenkou created primitive agriculture, animal husbandry and handicraft, and they developed the tribal gentile society  based on kinship. They created handicrafts out of jades and stones, carved bones and thorns, and potteries of various colors. All these are now treasures and mysteries to us present people.

The museum, with an area of 981.75 m2, was established on January 16, 2001.The total exhibition room (180 m2)is composed of a hall of stone and bone objects(60 m2), a pottery hall (60 m2), a replica of the ancient cottage (40 m2) and a replica of the ancient tomb (20 m2). The exhibits include stone and bone objects, potteries, and one mammoth fossil. It has been well recognized in the cultural circles both at home and abroad since its opening.

Telephone: +86 538 870-0063

Address: Dawenku, Daiyue District, Tai’an

Transportation: Drive along state highway 104 from the city of Tai’an till the village of Weijiachuang in Dawenkou (west of Taiwen Road).

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The Dawenkou culture (4,500-6,400 years ago, the Neolithic period), located to the south of Mt. Tai, was listed as a key cultural relic under state protection in 1982. Not far from the site, the beautiful Dawenhe River flows from east to west. On the river is a stone bridge which was built during the reign of Emperor Longqing (1567 AD-1572 AD) of the Ming Dynasty. The bridge presents a sense of history in that it preserves the ancient gates and entrances, and the deep ruts. The stone bridge, S-shaped, magnificent and unique, is still in use today. Beside the bridge is located the Dawenkou cultural site museum welcoming visitors from all corners of the world.