A Companion to Chinese Archaeology

A Companion to Chinese Archaeology

by Anne P. Underhill
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“With no exaggeration, it can be said that both A companion to Chinese archaeologyand Ancient Central Chinaare without precedent in Chinese archaeology and that no one in the field can therefore afford to ignore them.”  (Antiquity, 1 December 2013)

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444335293
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology Series, #14
Pages:
664
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This ambitious volume presents current archaeological research spanning China’s enormous geographic, cultural, and historical diversity. Thoughtful well-illustrated articles by major Chinese and international researchers introduce students and professionals alike to the remarkable archaeological heritage of one of the world’s most important regions.”
Carla Sinopoli, University of Michigan

“This important book encompasses the later prehistory of China, drawing upon the fieldwork and interpretive analyses of first-rate scholars from China and abroad.”
John Olsen, University of Arizona

“An exciting and thought-provoking book, eminently useful as a point of entry into a fast-developing field that is beginning to exert a major impact on anthropology.  Underhill and her co-authors provide up-to-date information and expose the readership to a commendable diversity of approaches and methodologies.”
Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California, Los Angeles

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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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