Upcoming Talk: The Transformation of Ceramic Technology in Sixth Century North China

Upcoming public lecture at the UCL Institute of Archaeology by Shan Huang, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

North China in the sixth century AD saw a major transformation of glazed ceramic technology from dark glazed terracotta wares towards translucent white porcelain. But the process of this dramatic transformation is unclear, due to insufficient understanding of the archaeological material. The lecture will focus on the typo-chronology of three major categories of glazed ceramic discovered in sixth century North China and their manufacturing technologies. Chemical and mineralogical compositions of the body and the glaze, glazing method, firing temperature and atmosphere were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electronic microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM-EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal expansion measurement. These provide insights into the pathways of innovation of lead-glazed wares, of the transfer of ash-glazed stoneware technology from the South and the emergence of the earliest white porcelain. On this basis, the social dynamic that drove the transformation of the ceramic technology and its impact on the succeeding period are discussed.

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Lecture: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Webinar on Archaeology, Architecture and Public Engagement: Preserving Century-old Underground Reservoir in Bishop Hill, Hong Kong

The Anthropology Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong is hosting an Interdisciplinary Roundtable Webinar on Archaeology, Architecture and Public Engagement: Preserving Century-old Underground Reservoir in Bishop Hill, Hong Kong 考古學、建築學和公眾參與的跨學科圓桌網上研討會:保育香港主教山百年地下配水庫 via Zoom on January 9th, 2021 from 5-8:30 pm (Hong Kong Time). For more information, and to register for the event, please check the following link: https://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/event/5675/

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Lecture: Maritime Trade and Shipwrecks: Recent Discoveries form Vietnam and Central Thailand

The Centre of South East Asian Studies will be hosting a lecture series via Zoom on January 13, 2021 from 11 am - 1 pm (London Time) titled "Maritime Trade and Shipwrecks: Recent Discoveries from Vietnam and Central Thailand" by Abhirada Komoot (PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia) and Do Truong Giang (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences). 

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Lecture: The Prehistoric Jomon Pottery of Japan: Ancient Art through Archaeology (online)

In this short survey of Jomon pottery, Dr. Ali Ghobadi will explore some basic topics of Jomon archaeology so that viewers can better understand the ancient Jomon people who were making the myriad pottery designs that we see today in museums in Japan and throughout the world. A variety of ceramic pots, figures, and objects covering more than 10,000 years of Japanese (pre)history will be featured, including several that have been designated as “National Treasures” of Japan.

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