A Companion to Chinese Archaeology

Overview

A Companion to Chinese Archaeology is an unprecedented, new resource on the current state of archaeological research in one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It presents a collection of readings from leading archaeologists in China and elsewhere that provide diverse interpretations about social and economic organization during the Neolithic period and early Bronze Age.

  • An unprecedented collection of original contributions from international scholars and collaborative ...
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Overview

A Companion to Chinese Archaeology is an unprecedented, new resource on the current state of archaeological research in one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It presents a collection of readings from leading archaeologists in China and elsewhere that provide diverse interpretations about social and economic organization during the Neolithic period and early Bronze Age.

  • An unprecedented collection of original contributions from international scholars and collaborative archaeological teams conducting research on the Chinese mainland and Taiwan
  • Makes available for the first time in English the work of leading archaeologists in China
  • Provides a comprehensive view of research in key geographic regions of China
  • Offers diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding China’s past, beginning with the era of established agricultural villages from c. 7000 B.C. through to the end of the Shang dynastic period in c. 1045 B.C.
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“With no exaggeration, it can be said that both Acompanion to Chinese archaeologyand Ancient Central Chinaarewithout precedent in Chinese archaeology and that no one in thefield can therefore afford to ignore them.” (Antiquity, 1 December 2013)

“Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty,professionals.”  (Choice, 1 October 2013)

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Meet the Author

Anne P. Underhill is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University, and a Curator in the Anthropology Division at the Yale Peabody Museum. She initiated one of the first Sino-American collaborative archaeology projects in China and is the author of Craft Production and Social Change in Northern China.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Notes on Contributors xvi

Notes on Translators and Other Assistants xxi

Part I Current Issues in Chinese Archaeology 1

1 Introduction: Investigating the Development and Nature ofComplex Societies in Ancient China 3
Anne P. UNDERHILL

2 “Despoiled of the Garments of Her Civilization:”Problems and Progress in Archaeological Heritage Management inChina 13
Robert E. MUROWCHICK

Part II The Northeast 35

3 Earlier Neolithic Economic and Social Systems of the LiaoRiver Region, Northeast China 37
Gideon SHELACH and TENG Mingyu

4 Understanding Hongshan Period Social Dynamics 55
Christian E. PETERSON and LU Xueming

5 The Lower Xiajiadian Culture of the Western Liao RiverDrainage System 81
WANG Lixin

Part III The Upper Yellow River and Upper Yangzi RiverRegions 103

6 The Qijia Culture of the Upper Yellow River Valley 105
CHEN Honghai

7 The Sichuan Basin Neolithic 125
Rowan FLAD

8 The Sanxingdui Culture of the Sichuan Basin 147
SUN Hua

Part IV The Western Central Plain Region and Environs169

9 The Early Neolithic in the Central Yellow River Valley,c.7000–4000 BC 171
ZHU Yanping

10 The Jiahu Site in the Huai River Area 194
ZHANG Juzhong and CUI Qilong

11 The Later Neolithic Period in the Central Yellow River ValleyArea, c.4000–3000 BC 213
LI Xinwei

12 The Longshan Culture in Central Henan Province,c.2600–1900 BC 236
ZHAO Chunqing

13 The Longshan Period Site of Taosi in Southern Shanxi Province255
HE Nu

14 Production of Ground Stone Tools at Taosi and Huizui: AComparison 278
Li LIU, ZHAI Shaodong, and CHEN Xingcan

15 The Erlitou Culture 300
XU Hong

16 The Discovery and Study of the Early Shang Culture 323
YUAN Guangkuo

17 Recent Discoveries and Some Thoughts on Early Urbanization atAnyang 343
Zhichun JING, TANG Jigen, George RAPP, and JamesSTOLTMAN

18 Archaeology of Shanxi During the Yinxu Period 367
LI Yung-ti and HWANG Ming-chorng

Part V The Eastern Central Plain Region and Environs387

19 The Houli and Beixin Cultures 389
WANG Fen

20 The Dawenkou Culture in the Lower Yellow River and Huai RiverBasin Areas 411
LUAN Fengshi

21 The Longshan Culture of Shandong 435
SUN Bo

22 A Study of Lian Sickles and Dao Knives from the LongshanCulture Site of Liangchengzhen in Southeastern Shandong 459
Geoffrey CUNNAR

23 The Eastern Territories of the Shang and Western Zhou:Military Expansion and Cultural Assimilation 473
FANG Hui

Part VI The Middle Yangzi River Region 495

24 The Pengtoushan Culture in the Middle Yangzi River Valley497
PEI Anping

25 The Qujialing–Shijiahe Culture in the Middle YangziRiver Valley 510
ZHANG Chi

Part VII The Lower Yangzi River Region 535

26 The Kuahuqiao Site and Culture 537
JIANG Leping

27 Recent Research on the Hemudu Culture and the TianluoshanSite 555
SUN Guoping

28 The Liangzhu Culture 574
QIN Ling

Part VIII The Southeast 597

29 The Neolithic Archaeology of Southeast China 599
Tianlong JIAO

30 First Farmers and Their Coastal Adaptation in PrehistoricTaiwan 612
LI Kuang-ti

Index 634

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