China and Its Neighbours
Cultural exchange in the development of Chinese civilisation
The process of the development of Chinese civilization can only be understood with a thorough examination of the evidence of foreign influences.
With fieldwork experiences in Northwest China and Chinese central Asia, Tao Wang has a strong interest in the research of the cultural exchanges between China and its neighbours. The traditional historical records are difficult and sometimes confusing, but, nonetheless, are important for the analysis of the early history of Tibet and the Silk Route.
In this project, the question of cultural identity and agency is very relevant. The research has resulted in several papers on the interpretation of historical records, as well as on new archaeological findings. The further aim of the project is focus more on environmental and heritage issues and to establish field projects with Chinese colleagues.
Publications (since 2007):
- 2007: “Parthia in China: a re-examination of the historical records”, in V.S. Curtis and S. Stewart (eds), The Age of the Parthians, pp. 87-104. London/New York: IB Tauris.
- 2007: “The Anau seal and the questions it raises (with Helen Wang), Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology 2 (2007), pp. 143-150.
- “Tibetans or Tuyuhun: the Dulan site revisited”, in From Nisa to Niya: New Discoveries and Studies in Central and Inner Asian Art and Archaeology.