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The Mysterious Origin of The Jade Discs

Main Image: Jade discs, from China, that resemble modern-day CD's or donuts, and date to the late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu culture (3300-2250 BC), on display at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot/National Geographic/YouTube); Left: Two Jade discs. (Hiart via wikimedia commons).
Main Image: Jade discs, from China, that resemble modern-day CD's or donuts, and date to the late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu culture (3300-2250 BC), on display at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot/National Geographic/YouTube); Left: Two Jade discs. (Hiart via wikimedia commons).

In ancient China, dating back to at least 5,000 BC, large stone discs were placed on the bodies of Chinese aristocrats. Their original function still...




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