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A file photo shows an archaeologist excavating the Tung Wan Tsai site in Ma Wan in 1997.

Popular Archaeology: An ancient group of Hong Kong inhabitants loved their seafood, to an extreme

A study published in The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology in late February found that a small population of neolithic Hongkongers were highly reliant on fish.

Christina Cheung, a researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium who wrote the study, said these people were so reliant on seafood that they probably did not rely much on farming for food or hunting land animals.

Activists and Advocacy Beyond Academia

The Association for Asian Studies will be hosting a webinar on Monday, May 2, 2022, from 9-11 AM Eastern Time. 

The webinar centers on the experiences of activists in East and South Asia. Sharing information on how activists have encountered attacks on their work and persons in digital and analog spaces in relation to venues such as non-profits, government organizations, or other capacities, the speakers will educate scholars and listeners on how they can operate in solidarity with activists and grow our global networks of collaboration.


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s celebrated international museum and houses important collections of art, culture and nature ( ROM is the largest and most attended museum in Canada, attracting more than 1.3 million visitors per year. It has a membership of over 32,000 households and an annual budget of $80 million CAD, and is a world leader in communicating its research and collections to the public.

IDEAL HOMES Domestic Materiality and Past Identities

Call for book chapters: IDEAL HOMES Domestic Materiality and Past Identities

Ideal Homes Domestic Materiality and Past Identities

Briefing: What happened is, we grew lonely living among the things, so we gave the clock a face, the chair a back, the table four stout legs which will never suffer fatigue.

Even what was beyond us was recast in our image Lisel Mueller. “Things” Mobile societies of the past may well have defined their sources of security and socialisation in different terms than later agricultural peoples, as an entire landscape was ‘home’ for them.

Chinese archaeologists say they have found the legendary Jixia Academy from the Warring States period.

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Archaeologists discover centre for greatest Chinese philosophers during Warring States period from over 2,000 years ago

As chaos reigned during the Warring States period (475-221BC), rulers across ancient China turned to intellectuals to find a way out of perpetual war, and the Jixia Academy in the state of Qi stood out for its power to attract the greatest Chinese thinkers of the time.

The institute used to be a place relegated to the historical record; experts believed it probably existed, but little was known about Jixia and there was no definitive proof that it was a real place.

The Chinese government revealed its top archaeology finds from 2021

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Chinese government reveals its most significant archaeological breakthroughs of 2021

For Chinese archaeology, 2021 was a banner year highlighted by the global breakthrough that was the beautifully preserved ancient gold masks discovered at Sanxingdui.

Last week, the Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences announced what it believed were the most important archaeology finds in China last year. While most of the sites were discovered before 2021, they all featured remarkable excavation finds from last year.

The discoveries help paint a picture of ancient Chinese society across the millennia.

SASA Intern and Volunteer Positions, Summer 2022

Save Ancient Studies Alliance (SASA) is pleased to announce that we have a number of Intern and Volunteer Positions opening over the Summer period. These positions are a fantastic way of getting involved with a vibrant educational community and outreach-oriented non-profit in the Ancient Studies sector, and can also qualify as college credits for those in full-time study. SASA is looking for people from all kinds of backgrounds, who are interested in growing, developing their skills, and making a difference.


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