Our origin, whether it's single or colorful
the trace of the Korean people on the border between imagination and science
Author Kang Inwook
Published 21st Century Books
From an archaeological point of view, the Bronze Age refers to a highly developed society and technology. For example, a future archaeologist accidentally discovers a broken piece of liquid crystal in a cell phone thousands of years later. The object has such significant value that it cannot be dismissed as a trivial piece of glass. This is because the accessory of a smartphone is a crucial material representing the social image and cutting-edge technology of the 21st century, such as semiconductor technology, LED technology, Wi-Fi networks, application development, and smartphone-based culture.
The same applies to the Bronze Age. Making the Bronze Age is a complex task that requires considerable cost and workforce, looking at a series of functions, from mining to renovation. Therefore, the upper class, who could allocate human and material resources, would have led all this. This was the decisive factor in forming governance and the emergence of courses in the Bronze Age. Classes inevitably follow when a nation is born. The Bronze Age was also important in that its consumers used it, the ruling class, to consolidate power, but it was even more critical in that it was used to solidify their power. This is because it was revealed that the Bronze Age was a secret object containing answers to how the ancient people came to work together to create a nation.
The Bronze Age came into Gojoseon because there were many mines in the northwest region of Gojoseon, so it was not challenging to obtain gemstones. Among them, the southeastern part of Inner Mongolia, centered on Tsifeng in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was the most abundant in bronze ore. In Linxi Prefecture, mines were still used 3,000 years ago near the area where a mining company mined. In addition to digging for copper gemstones, traces of cooking rice while mining, animal bones, bowls, and stone tools were found, suggesting that active mining was carried out.
The southeastern region of Inner Mongolia is not essential simply because it is rich in bronze ore.
Among those expressed on the hemisphere is a figure with his knees bent and hands wrapped around his face. Commonly called the 'dancer,' this figure statue is standard in the Altai and southern Siberia petroglyphs. In addition, there are many similar elements in the meadow petroglyphs and the hemisphere petroglyphs, such as leopards with dots on their bodies, deer with horns, and hunters who hunt beasts with a bow.
However, many elements are missing from grass petroglyphs, such as whales, tigers, bears, weasels, and rabbits, to conclude that those who left hemispheric petroglyphs came from the grasslands. It is also a mystery that neighboring Cheonjeon-ri petroglyphs only express geometric patterns without realistic descriptions.
In Bangudae petroglyphs, the human face is uniquely triangular. This face is familiar in the Far East along the East Sea. Since the late Paleolithic Age, the East Sea region has formed a unique culture by connecting the East Sea coast and forming a natural boundary with Baekdu-began. Particularly in the early Iron Age, the forces of the Okjeo and Eupru divided the region and formed their own culture. Let's infer one by one by looking at the relics of civilization, social image, and culture at that time.
There is a beautiful woman with a human face engraved on the remains of So Youngja in Yanji, China. It is a famous relic often published in old history textbooks. Relic No. 4 was found in the Heilong River, or the Amur River, which leads to the sea off Sakhalin, further north. It is also called the 'Venus of Amur'. People in this area have something in common: their eyes are small and spread out to the side. It also resembles a traditional Asian because of its low nose and small lips.
South Korea's history is not limited to the Korean Peninsula. Numerous countries, such as Goguryeo, Balhae, Buyeo, Okjeo, and Eupru, are tied up with North Korea and Manchuria. In the process of the growth and destruction of Gojoseon, the first country in our history, the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria were divided into various groups and countries. Unlike South Korea, several people in the north are only known by name, but few studies have been conducted to grasp the reality properly.
Okjeo and Euphru are among the forgotten history. Although it was part of Korean archaeology and ancient history, the Okjeo, which split from Goguryeo and Buyeo, and Malgal, which formed the foundation of Balhae, were rarely covered. The history of the northern peoples, such as Okjeo and Euphru, was regarded as a 'neighborhood' and was alienated from studying Korean history. However, as several archaeological materials were excavated, new facts about various groups in the northern region were revealed.