PhD (Associate Professor, University of Oxford, Institute of Archaeology, UK)
Anke Hein is Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Her main research interests lie with inter-cultural contact and human-environment interaction, especially as reflected in ceramic technology. Geographically, she is focusing on the so-called border regions of China which have been zones of interaction since early prehistoric times. She received her PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018 and has served as postdoctoral fellow at Hebrew University and at the University of Munich in the following years until joining the faculty of the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, in January 2016. There she is also affiliated with the Oxford China Centre, St Hugh’s College, and the Compton Verney Art Gallery. She is the PI of a long-term research project on ceramic production and usage in Bronze Age Northwest China, working with the Andersson collection held at the Museum of Far Eastern Activities, Stockholm. She also conducts ethnoarchaeological research on ceramic production in Shaanxi and Gansu and she is Co-PI for a field research project on Human Response To High Altitude Environmental Change on the eastern rim of the Tibetan Plateau, conducted in collaboration with UC San Diego, the Sichuan Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Sichuan University, and Beijing University.
PhD (Associate Professor, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)
Siran Liu is an associate professor in the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology at University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). He received his PhD from UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2016. His research interests lie with applying advanced material science and geoscience technologies to investigate archaeological remains of ancient pyro-technologies (metallurgy, ceramic-firing, etc), provenancing metal artefacts and interpreting technological choices in historical and environmental contexts. He is currently PI and Co-PI of several projects focusing on the bronze and ceramic industries of Shang period (16th-11th century BC), silver production in imperial China, global silver circulation in the 17th century, and reconstructing firing technologies of ceramics.
PhD (Assistant Professor, Chonnam National University, South Korea)
Jina Heo is an assistant professor in the department of Anthropology at the Chonnam National University. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) in 2018. She is interested in ancient urbanism and the development of sociopolitical complexity in archaic states, particularly in East Asia. Heo’s work deals with trading systems and exchange networks involving beads and other craft goods, looking at interactions between proto-historic Korea and other areas, such as China and Southeast Asia. She worked as curator, excavator, and lecturer at several museum and university settings in South Korea and has performed extensive fieldwork throughout the country. Most recently, her fieldwork experience has extended into Vietnam.
Ruiliang (Ray) LIU
PhD (Curator, British Museum, London, United Kingdom)
Ruiliang Liu (Ray) is the curator of early China at the British Museum. His expertise is focused on archaeometallurgy, radiocarbon dating and the Chinese Bronze Age. He is particularly interested in combining scientific techniques and archaeological context to model the interaction between natural resources and human societies, as well as interregional social communication. Before joining the British Museum, he was a junior research fellow at Wolfson College and a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. He also did his PhD at the University of Oxford.