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 Stunning underground murals found in central China are believed to be hundreds of years old

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: China’s golden age of archaeology becomes a national obsession

"A high-profile letter sent in October 2021 told us everything we needed to know about the state of modern Chinese archaeology.
Sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Yangshao culture – considered the start of modern Chinese archaeology – the letter called for “developing archaeology with Chinese features, style and ethos” so the field could contribute to “national rejuvenation”.

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Job Posting: Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (Art History) in the Department of Chinese and History

The City University of Hong Kong is looking for a Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (Art History) in the Department of Chinese and History. The successful applicant should be competent in undertaking research and teaching in two or more of the following areas: Anthropology, Cultural Heritage, Archeology, Art History, Museum Studies. Applicants who are interested in interdisciplinary studies and have substantial working experience in academic or research institutions are especially welcome.

Lecture series: Before the Golden Peaches, Fresh Perspectives on Early Eurasian Exchanges

Lecture Series, Zurich, Spring Semester 2022 (February-June)

The Golden Peaches from Samarkand – like nothing else – stand pars pro toto for all exotic things that reached China during one of its most cosmopolitan and prosperous eras in history. Eminent scholars like Berthold Laufer and Edward H. Schafer masterfully demonstrated the earliest exchange of exotics between China and regions from across Eurasia by using linguistic, historical, and archaeological data. Beyond doubt, tremendous progress has been made in all these fields ever since.

Obituary for He Kunyu 何锟宇 (1980-2021)

It is with the deepest regret that we share the news that He Kunyu, a field archaeologist and zooarchaeologist from the Chengdu City Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics passed away at 13:40 on December 29, 2021 in his hometown in Rucheng County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province, at the age of 41 following a thre

The gold masks found in Sanxingdui are believed to be about 3,000 years old.

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Alien civilisations and a new human: 2021’s eight coolest archaeology and palaeontology discoveries in China

The past 12 months have been a banner year in Chinese archaeology and palaeontology. From finding a potential ancient human relative to an “alien civilisation”, some of the most exciting scientific breakthroughs in 2021 involved China.

They helped us learn more about our world long before humans roamed the Earth and told us fascinating stories about where we came from. Here are eight of the most interesting Chinese archaeology and palaeontology finds for 2021.


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