The Archaeology of China: From the Late Paleolithic to the Early Bronze Age

Cambridge University Press, 30 avr. 2012 - 475 pages
"Past, present and future "The archaeological materials recovered from the Anyang excavations ... in the period between 1928 and 1937...have laid a new foundation for the study of ancient China (Li, C. 1977: ix)." When inscribed oracle bones and enormousmaterial remains were found through scientific excavation in Anyang in 1928, the historicity of the Shang dynasty was confirmed beyond dispute for the first time (Li, C. 1977: ix-xi). This excavation thus marked the beginning of a modern Chinese archaeology endowed with great potential to reveal much of China's ancient history.. Half a century later, Chinese archaeology had made many unprecedented discoveries which surprised the world, leading Glyn Daniel to believe that "a new awareness of the importance of China will be a key development in archaeology in the decades ahead (Daniel 1981: 211). This enthusiasm was soon shared by the Chinese archaeologists when Su Bingqi announced that "the Golden Age of Chinese archaeology is arriving (Su, B. 1994: 139--140)". In recent decades, archaeology has continuously prospered, becoming one of the most rapidly developing fields in social science in China"--

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Table des matières

Past present and future
Chapter 2 Environment and ecology
Chapter 3 Foragers and collectors in the PleistoceneHolocene transition 240009000 cal BP
Chapter 4 Domestication of plants and animals
Sedentism and food production in the early Neolithic 70005000 BC
Chapter 6 Emergence of social inequality The middle Neolithic 50003000 BC
The late neolithic 30002000 BC
Erlitou and Erligang 190018001250 BC
Chapter 9 Bronze cultures of the northern frontiers and beyond during the early second millennium BC
Chapter 10 The late shang dynasty and its neighbors 12501046 BC
Chapter 11 Chinese civilization in comparative perspective
Appendix Horse bones in faunal assemblages from Neolithic and early Bronze Age sites in north China
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Li Liu is Sir Robert Ho Tung Professor in Chinese Archaeology in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University, California. She is the author of two books, The Chinese Neolithic: Trajectories to Early States and (with Xingcan Chen) State Formation in Early China, as well as more than seventy journal articles in both English and Chinese.

Xingcan Chen is Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as well as Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The History of Chinese Prehistoric Archaeology (1895-1949), Essays on Archaeology and (with Li Liu) State Formation in Early China.

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