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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.

Chinese geologist Yuan Fuli; Johan Gunnar Andersson; the head of Yangshao village, surnamed Wang; and a Chinese missionary, also surnamed Wang, in Yangshao Village, Henan province

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: How a Swedish Geologist Kickstarted China’s Love of Archaeology

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.

Former Topaz Internment Camp survivor Masako Takahashi

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.


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