Archaeologists have discovered a rare pottery fragment in Jiangsu Province in eastern China, dating back approximately 6,000 years, which they believe could be a children’s toy in the shape of a pig.
The pottery was found in the Ma’an Relics area of Wuxi city, a Neolithic site, leading researchers to speculate that pigs may have been domesticated in the region 6,000 years ago.
Li Yiquan, the Vice President of the Wuxi Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, described the pottery pig fragment as being the size of a child’s fist and having several holes, with what appeared to be pottery beads inside its hollow body.
Li stated, “Pottery pig figurines have been unearthed in other prehistoric settlements, but we have never seen so many hollow pottery pigs before.”
Li mentioned that further research is needed to determine if this porous pig could be blown like a whistle. In addition to the pottery pig fragment, archaeologists have uncovered over 260 items in the Ma’an Relics area, which spans multiple dynasties in Chinese history, including stone, pottery, and jade artifacts.