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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.

Lectures: Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties International Archaeological Site Talk

A series of talks from the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties International Archaeological Site have been uploaded to Youtube for viewing. They will be available until the end of March - please see below for the a list of the participants and links to each of the talks. 

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1st Relay Talk
Mark Hudson
"Another Japanese Archeology from the Survey of the Miyakojima Long Tomb Site"

FREE E-BOOK: Violence and the Rise of Centralized States in East Asia

[Free E-book] Dear friends of SEAA, the Cambridge University Press will be launching a new series titled "Cambridge Elements: Ancient East Asia.” The inaugural piece, "Violence and the Rise of Centralized States in East Asia.", by Mark Edward Lewis, will be FREE to download from March 10-24, 2022. See link for more information:

Four-year PhD fellowship sponsored by the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation

Four-year PhD fellowship sponsored by the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation

Vacancy number 22-099

The Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation (HWS, for the advancement of teaching and research in the archaeology, art, and material culture of China at Leiden University seeks applications for a funded four-year PhD fellowship, starting September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Flat throwing stones with sharpened corners unearthed in Saitama.

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: Artifacts bear hallmarks of prototypes of ninja weapons

RANZAN, Saitama Prefecture--Artifacts labeled as “groundbreaking discoveries” from the ruins of structures associated with warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Siege of Odawara in 1590 could have been prototypes of ninja weapons.

Akihiro Iwata, an archaeologist and curator at the Saitama Prefectural Ranzan Historical Museum here, said the flat stones and clay balls may well have been the forerunners of “shuriken” throwing stars and “makibishi” caltrops that later made up ninja arsenals.

Archeologists at the 40,000-year-old ochre processing site in northern China.

POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: ‘A new culture’: discovery in China reveals ochre processing in east Asia up to 41,000 years ago

When did populations of Homo sapiens first arrive in China and what happened when they encountered the Denisovans or Neanderthals who lived there? A new study in Nature by an international team of researchers opens a window into hunter-gatherer lifestyles 40,000 years ago. Archaeological excavations at the site of Xiamabei in the Nihewan Basin of northern China have revealed the presence of innovative behaviors and unique toolkits.


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