*Article Publication*- An exploration of potential raw materials for prehistoric pottery production in the Tao River Valley, Gansu Province, China.

Northwest China is known for its Majiayao-style Neolithic painted pottery which has received much praise for its high level of craftsmanship, yet its chain of production, in particular the step of raw material selection, is still poorly understood. To fill this lacuna, the present study explores the raw materials used in producing these wares from a geological and technological perspective.

Funded DPhil position on the Horse Power project

Horse Power will examine the complex interactions between the eastern steppe and China from the second millennium BCE to the formation of the Xiongnu empire in Mongolia and the Qin state in China after 300 BCE. To examine the connections between the steppe, Mongolia and China’s Central Plains we will combine the latest scientific techniques in genetics and metallurgical analysis with theory concerning politics and power within and between China and its northern neighbours.

Book Talk: Metamorphic Imagery in Ancient Chinese Art and Religion

The Society for East Asian Archaeology is delighted to host a virtual book talk by Dr. Elizabeth Childs-Johnson in celebration of the launch her new book, co-authored with Dr. John Major, "Metamorphic Imagery in Ancient Chinese Art and Religion". We are honored to have Dr. Thomas Michael (Beijing Normal University) and Dr. Li Min (University of California at Los Angeles) serving as discussants for this exciting event.

New Book: Technological Knowledge in the Production of Neolithic Majiayao Pottery in Gansu and Qinghai

This book by Evgenia Dammer is the first comprehensive study of the technological knowledge needed to produce Neolithic Majiayao-style pottery (5300-4000 cal yr BP) which is famous for its painted designs in black and red. It examines the technological choices in the production of fine and coarse Majiayao-style pottery found across three river valleys, all located near the border area of Chinese provinces Gansu and Qinghai.

MÜLLER, Shing / HÖLLMANN, Thomas O. / FILIP, Sonja, Early Medieval North China: Archaeological and Textual Evidence, Harrasowitz 2019

The Xianbei from southeast Mongolia were the first foreign sovereignty over North China since the 4th century. During the 200 years of Xianbei rulership, the cultures of old and new inhabitants – the Han-Chinese, the Xianbei and diverse steppe peoples, the Sogdians and other Central Asians from the west – confronted and competed with one another.

Les Amis des monnaies, la sociabilité savante des collectionneurs et numismates chinois de la fin des Qing

JANKOWSKI, Lyce: Les Amis des monnaies, la sociabilité savante des collectionneurs et numismates chinois de la fin des Qing

L’intérêt des collectionneurs pour les monnaies naît en Chine au VIe siècle de notre ère, soit près d’un millénaire avant le premier traité sur la numismatique en Occident. Il se maintient malgré le déclin et l’alternance des différentes dynasties impériales. Au milieu du XVIIIe siècle, l’empereur Qianlong possède la collection la plus complète comprenant toutes les monnaies émises en Asie orientale depuis le VIIe siècle avant notre ère, soit sur près de deux mille cinq cents ans.Mais les monnaies sont aussi soigneusement collectionnées et décrites par des lettrés, « amis des monnaies ».

ALLARD, Francis / SUN Yan / LINDUFF, M. (eds.): Memory and Agency in Ancient China. Shaping the Life History of Objects, Cambridge University Press 2019

Memory and Agency in Ancient China offers a novel perspective on China's material culture. The volume explores the complex 'life histories' of selected objects, whose trajectories as ginle objects ('biographies') and object types ('lineages') cut across both temporal and physical space. The essays, written by a team of international scholars, analyse the objects in an effort to understand how they were shaped by the constraints of their social, political and aesthetic contexts, just as they were also guided by individual preference and capricious memory. They also demonstrate how objects were capable of effecting change. Ranging chronologically from the Neolithic to the present, and spatially from northern to southern mainland China and Taiwan, this book highlights the varied approaches that archaeologists and art historians use when attempting to reconstruct object trajectories. It also showcases the challenges they face, particularly with the unearthing of objects from archaeological contexts that, paradoxically, come to represent the earliest known point of their 'post-recovery lives'. (from the website of the publisher)

WANG, Juan: A Zooarchaeological Study of the Haimenkou Site, Yunnan Province, Archaeology of East Asia 1, BAR Publishing, China 2018

Haimenkou was an important location, with trade and cultural links connecting parts of modern Southeast Asia and northwestern China in ancient times. This book is based on an analysis of the faunal assemblage recovered from the Haimenkou site during the 2008 field season in Yunnan Province, China. It investigates the human-animal relationships at Haimenkou through a time span running from the late Neolithic Period to the middle Bronze Age (ca. 5000-2400 BP).

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