Read through domestic media coverage of Chinese archaeology, and you may be struck by the emphasis put not just on unearthed relics, but the new technologies used to find and identify them.
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In October 1921, the Swedish geologist, archaeologist, and scholar Johan Gunnar Andersson led a small expedition into rural Henan province in northern China. By this point in his career, the 47-year-old Andersson was a well-known figure in international academic circles, in part due to his earlier participation in two Antarctic expeditions. In 1914, China’s newly formed Beiyang Government hired him as a mining consultant and tasked him with surveying China’s iron ore deposits.
POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Long-lost monument brings up a painful legacy for Utah Japanese internment camp descendant
Last year, two archaeologists found a monument at a Utah internment camp that imprisoned Japanese Americans. The prisoners there built it for a man killed by a guard. But earlier this year, the Topaz Museum — built to educate the public about the camp — removed the monument with a forklift. There were no archaeologists on hand and the museum hadn’t let former prisoners and their descendants know.
The Japanese American community was crushed. Some were angry. But now, they’re trying to find a path forward.
Researchers here said they uncovered the apparent remains of the Dairi imperial residence of the Heiankyu palace, the locale for Heian Period (794-1185) literary classics “The Tale of Genji” and “The Pillow Book.”
According to a report on the findings by the Kyoto City Archaeological Research Institute, the excavation was carried out in 2015 in the Higashi-Shinmeicho district of Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward, about 500 meters northwest of Nijo Castle.
POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: How China’s only independent archaeology bookstore has survived the digital age
It's hard to believe that such a specialized bookstore some 125 square meters in size has managed to survive for almost 10 years despite challenges brought by the rise of e-commerce and the global pandemic.
More surprisingly, the quiet little bookstore, the only independent one in the country dedicated to archaeology and museology, is quiet famous in the fields both in China and abroad.
A new book in the Archaeology of East Asia series has been published in BAR, entitled Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Microblade-based Industries in Northeastern Asia by Zhang Meng. All SEAA members get a 20% discount. Please find the description below:
The Needham Research Institute, located in Cambridge, UK, is currently welcomes applications for the following research opportunities:
The Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten (MZAW) invites applications for a Visiting Professorship in Cultural History of the Ancient World for either one or two years, starting on October 1, 2022.
It was during the Edo period (1603-1868) that Japan effectively sealed itself off from the outside world to avoid the ravages of Western imperialism that were conspicuously on display in other parts of Asia, most notably India and China. Educated Japanese urbanites of the era cultivated many hobbies, including a passion for antiquities. Knowledge of the outside world came in through a Dutch factory at Deshima in Nagasaki, far to the west on the island of Kyushu.
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.