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The protective nature of the urns means that skeletons are much better preserved than they would be without them

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Chinese scientists discover remains of 128 children buried in urns in ancient Chinese funerary tradition

The excavation team unearthed the tombs along with coins, pottery and tiles in northern China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. They believe these were people who lived during the Han dynasty (202BC-220AD).

During this period, the bodies of children would not have been cremated. People would connect multiple urns – likely two, sometimes more – to create a protective “home” for the body.

The Shi'ao site in Yuyao,

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Five significant Chinese archaeological sites shine amid 100th anniversary of modern archaeology in China

China's National Cultural Heritage Administration on Wednesday published a report about five Chinese archaeological sites and their significant achievements, an important demonstration of the diversity and integration of Chinese civilization amid the 100th anniversary of the birth of modern Chinese archaeology.

The important achievements of the five sites show the historical process of the origin and development of the Neolithic culture in the Yellow River Basin, the Yangtze River Basin and the Pearl River Basin. 

Stalagmites in caves located southwest of the excavation site

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Cave stalagmites show that flooding destroyed Liangzhu City

The researchers found that between 4,345 and 4,324 years ago, there was a period of extremely high precipitation. This coincides with the decline of Liangzhu.

“The massive monsoon rains probably led to such severe flooding of the Yangtze and its branches that even the sophisticated dams and canals could no longer withstand these masses of water, destroying Liangzhu City and forcing people to flee,” says Spötl.

The researchers determined that the humid conditions persisted for another 300 years after these proposed floods.

Virtual Talk: Double-Wares in Neolithic Northwest China: Technological 'Abominations' or Artistic Masterpieces

As part of the Distinguished Virtual Seminar Series in Archaeological Science, the Cranfield Forensic Institute and Grenville Turner Studios will be hosting Professor Anke Hein (University of Oxford). Professor Hein will speak about her archaeological science research on Chinese ceramics:

Double-Wares in Neolithic Northwest China: Technological 'Abominations' or Artistic Masterpieces

Call for Proposals for the PEMSEA Program

The UCLA Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA), a collaborative project among UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai’i-Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Southeast Asia Initiative, is inviting research proposals from graduate students and scholars that focus on climate and anthropogenic change, disaster responses, and interactions (i.e., trade) during

IPPA 2022 - Call for Abstracts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association is inviting paper and poster contributions for the 22nd Congress to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from the 7th to 12th of November 2022.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th August 2022.

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