Sites & cities that bear the name of Beinan Cultural Park

Beinan Cultural Park

Today in : Taiwan, Province of China
First trace of activity : ca. 5,000 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 20th century B.C.E
Recorded names : 卑南文化公園, Pēinán Wénhuà Gōngyuán

Description : Beinan Cultural Park (Chinese: 卑南文化公園; pinyin: Pēinán Wénhuà Gōngyuán) is an archeological site in Taitung City, Taitung County, Taiwan. The park is the site for the largest and most complete prehistoric settlement ever discovered in Taiwan, with over 10,000 m2 and more than 1,600 burial sites. The earliest records of the prehistoric Beinan Site in Taitung City were made by Torii Ryūzō, an anthropologist in the early period of the Japanese rule. During his four visits to Taiwan for anthropological research, he took photos of the monolithic stone pillars at the site. Excavation of the Beinan site This historic settlement area was discovered during the construction work of the back part of Taitung Station in 1980 when graveyard containing several thousand slate coffins was unearthed, with some bodies still laid within. Around 20,000 pieces of jade, pottery and stone tools were also found. This had caught the attention of the government to carry out archeological work and build a national museum to preserve the artifacts. Beinan Cultural Park opened in 1997 to display and preserve the archaeological site, considered the most important one in Taiwan. An indoor/outdoor Museum of Prehistory opened in 2002.

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