Remote Periphery or Centre of Communication?

Start: Oct 24, 2013 05:30 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Dr Kunlong Chen

Kunlong Chen (University of Science and Technology, Beijing) will give the first International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Lecture of 2013-14 at the Institute on 24 October.

Dr Chen from the Institute of Historical Metallurgy and Materials, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, will give a lecture entitled 'Remote Periphery or Centre of Communication? Technology and Cultural Implication of the Shang Period Bronzes from the Hanzhong Basin' and all are welcome.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in the Institute's Staff Common Room (Room 609).


With continuous significant discoveries from the so called “peripheral areas” outside the Central Plain, the regional features of Shang period metallurgy became an outstanding hot topic of Chinese archaeology. On the basis of scientific analysis of bronze objects this talk explores the metallurgical characters of Hanzhong Basin, one of the aforementioned “peripheral areas”. It is revealed that the most remarkable aspect of Hanzhong bronzes is their diversity in both aspects of typology and technology. The co-existence of objects of different origins reflects the important role of Hanzhong Basin among the cultural interaction between different contemporary bronze cultures.

About the Speaker

Dr Kunlong Chen is Lecturer at the Institute of Historical Metallurgy and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing (IHMM, USTB) and currently the Li Foundation Fellow at the Needham Research Institute (NRI) in Cambridge. His research is focused on the understanding of metallurgical technologies of Bronze Age China by the means of scientific analysis of metal objects, raw materials and technical wastes. Current projects include works on the Shang Period bronze objects and production remains in central Shannxi.

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