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Tao Wang

Research Interests

  • Bronze Age China
  • History of Chinese archaeology
  • Architecture and urban studies

Collaborations

  • Guest research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Civilization, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Guest professor of the Centre for Scientific Research on Cultural Heritages, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Educational Background

  • BA (Yunnan Normal University)
  • Postgraduate study (Chinese Academy of Arts)
  • PhD (University of London)
  • Wang,T., Ucko,P. (2008). Early Archaeological Fieldwork Practice and Syllabuses in China and England. Chapter 2 in Ucko,P., Qin,L., Hubert,J. (ed.) FROM CONCEPTS OF THE PAST TO PRACTICAL STRATEGIES : the teaching of archaeological field techniques. London: Saffron, 22-57. ISBN: SBN-10 1872843700
  • A Selection of Inscribed Early Chinese Bronzes from Sotheby’s and Christie’s (with Liu Yu), Shanghai Lexicographical Publishing House, (2007).
  • Wang,T. (2005). Qingyou gaozu xinjie [Dark-blue ancestors: Relationship between space and colour in ancestral worship] in Marechal,C., Yau, Shun-chiu (ed.) Actes des Symposiums Internatioaux le Monde Visuel Chinois . Paris: Editions Langages Croises, numero special No. 2, 269-280. ISBN: 2-9090003-27-2
  • Wang,T. (2004). China 500 BC-AD 600. in Onians,J. (ed.) Atlas of World Art. London: Laurence King Publishing, 86-87
  • Wang,T. (2004). East Asia and China 5000-500BC. in Onians,J. (ed.) Atlas of World Art. London: Laurence King Publishing, 46-47
  • Exploring China’s Past: New Discoveries and Studies in Chinese Art and Archaeology (trans. And eds. with R. Whitfield), London: Saffron Press, (1999).
  • Zhongguo gudai siwei moshi yu Yinyang wuxingshuo tanyuan [Origins of the wuxing theory and modes of thought in early China] (eds. with S. Allan, and Fan Yuzhou), Jiangsu Classical Books Publishing House, (1998)
  • Exploration into China, London : Belitha Press in association with the Royal Geographic Society, (1995). (Educational; translated and published in French, Portuguese, Dutch and Swedish)
  • “Shang ritual animals: colour and meaning”, Bulletin of School of Oriental and African Studies (BSOAS), 70.2, Part 1, pp. 305-72; 70.3, Part 2, pp. 359-67.
  • “ Parthia in China: a re-examination of the historical records”, in V. S. Curtis and S. Stewart eds. The Age of the Parthians London/ New York: I.B Tauris, pp. 87-104.
  • “Mingtang: The Hall of Luminosity”, in C. Marechal and Yau Shun-chiu (eds.), Actes des Symposiums Internationaux - le Monde Visuel Chinois, Editions Langages Croises, numero special no. 2, Paris, 2005, pp. 137-170.
  • “Qingyou gaozu xinjie [Dark-blue ancestors: The relationship between space and colour in ancestral worship]”, in C. Marechal and Yau Shun-chiu (eds.), Actes des Symposiums Internationaux - le Monde Visuel Chinois, Editions Langages Croises, numero special no. 2, Paris, 2005, pp. 269-280.
  • “Mawangdui boshu ‘Shifa’ zhong de ‘ershibaxiu’ yu ‘shitu’”[The ‘twenty-eight lodges’ and the divination chart in the Mawangdui silk manuscript ‘Shifa’], Sarah Allan, Xing Wen (eds.), Beijing: Wenwu Press, 2004 , pp. 179-185.
  • “Yinxu disiqi wenhua niandai tanwei” [A study of the date of the fourth stage of Yinxu culture] (with Tang Jigen), Kaoguxue jikan 15 (2004), pp. 36-50.
  • “Shangdai kaogu zhang de yanse” [Colour in Shang Archaeology], in Li Boqian (ed.), International Studies on Shang Archaeology, Beijing: Wenwu Press, 2003, pp. 442-451.
  • “Calligraphy and Tang dynasty lay society: the evidence from epitaphs ” [in Chinese and English abstract], Art and Compassion, Chang Yue (ed.), Beijing : Wenwu Press, 2003, pp. 189-97.
  • Liang Zhou zhiji de qing tong yishu — yi Jinhou mudi chutu de qingtongqi weili’ [The Bronze art of the Jin: examples from Qucun], in Shanghai Museum (ed.), Proceedings of the Symposium on Bronzes from the Cemetery of Marquises of Jin, Shanghai: Calligrapgy and Painting Publishing House, 2002, pp. 384-410.
  • “The blueprint for the Zhongshan king’s graveyard”, East Asia Journal: Studies in Material Culture, 1-1 (2002), pp. 8-16.
  • “ Borrowed landscape: the relationship between landscape and urbanization in early and medieval China”, in Eric Vaderfeesten and Bas Römgens (eds), The Global City and the Territory: History, Theory, Critique, Eindhoven: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, 2001, pp. 52-75.
  • ‘Chuangjian Zhongguo kaogu xuepai: jiantan xifang kaogujie dui Su Bingqi xueshu sixiang de renshi” [Establishing the Chinese school of archaeology], in Su Bai (ed.), Su Bingqi yu dangdai Zhongguo kaoguxue, Beijing: Science Press, 2001, pp. 30-36.
  • “Oracle bones and Western sinology”, in Yau Shun-chiu and C. Maréchal (eds), Proceedings of the International Symposium in commemoration of the Centennial of the Oracle bone Inscriptions Discovery, Paris: Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l’Asie Orientale, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2001, pp. 91-116.
  • “City of many faces: urban development in pre-modern China”, in R. Whitfield and Wang Tao (eds.), Exploring China’s Past , London: Saffron, 1999, pp. 111-21.
  • “Important archaeological discoveries: 1991-1995” (with the assistance of Li Xinwei), in R. Whitfield and Wang Tao (eds.), Exploring China’s Past, London: Saffron, 1999, pp. 245-61.
  • “Jiaguxue zai ouwei: 1900-1950” [The study of oracle bones in the West: 1900-1950], in Taiwan National Normal University and the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (eds.), Jiaguwen faxian yibai zhounian xueshu yantaohui lunwenji, Taipei: History and Literature Press, 1999, pp. 278-96.
  • “Yinren de yanse guannian yu wuxingshuo de xingcheng ji fazhang” [Shang colour symbolism and the development of the wuxing theory], in Sarah Allan, Wang Tao and Fan Yuzhou (eds.), Zhongguo gudai siwei moshi yu yinyang wuxingshuo tanyuan, Nanjing: Jiangsu Classical Books Publishing House, 1998, pp. 261-94.
  • “Su Bingqi and contemporary Chinese archaeology”, with an annotated translation of Su’s paper “Hua people - descendants of the dragon - Chinese: an archaeological seeking for roots”, Antiquity 71-271 (1997), pp. 31-9.
  • “The face of the other world: jade face-covers from ancient tombs”, (with Liu Yu), in R. Scott (ed.), Chinese Jades, Colloquies on Art & Archaeology in Asia 18, London, 1997, pp.133-46.
  • “Colour terms in Shang oracle bone inscriptions”, BSOAS LIX (1996), pp. 63-101.
  • “Guanyu Yindai yuji de jige wenti” [Some observations on the Shang rain-making ritual], in The Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (eds), Huaxia wenming yu chuanshi cangshu, Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 1996, pp. 333-59.
  • “The evidence for early writing: utilitarian or ceremonial?” (with N. Postgate and T. Wilkinson), Antiquity 69-264 (1995), pp. 458-80.
  • “A textual investigation of the taotie”, in R. Whitfield (ed.), The Problem of Meaning in Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Colloquies on Art & Archaeology in Asia 15, London, 1993, pp. 102-18.

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