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The Shigushan site: Recent discoveries at the late Shang/early Western Zhou cemetery and significance

Publication date: Feb 17, 2014 2:00:24 PM

Start: Feb 24, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Location: Room 412, Institute of Archaeology

The Shigushan site: Recent discoveries at the late Shang/early Western Zhou cemetery and significance

Tianjin Xu (Peking University, Beijing) will give a special International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Lecture on 24 February.

Prof Tianjin Xu's lecture is entitled 'The Shigushan site: Recent discoveries at the late Shang/early Western Zhou cemetery and significance' and all are welcome.

Abstract

Recent excavations in 2012 and 2013 with live coverage have drawn this important late Shang/early Western Zhou cemetery into public attention. Considered as one of the most exciting discoveries in the Bronze Age archaeology in China for the past decade, the complicated tomb structures and copious bronze items (including vessels and most significantly, armours) brought to light by the excavations and the important geographic location of the site (situated at the heart of the Western-Zhou royal domain) will undoubtedly provide useful insight in the reconsideration of critical issues in Bronze age archaeology in China.

In this lecture, Prof Tianjin Xu will bring most up-to-date discoveries at the site and discuss their importance for the rethinking of the Shang-Zhou periodization, the relationship between Shang and Zhou, and the interaction between the ancient China and the steppes.

Speaker

Prof Tianjin Xu trained at Northwest University and Peking University in early 1980s and has been teaching and researching at Peking University since then. He has been director or acting director of a number of important archaeological projects in China, including the excavation and research at the Qucun site, Tianma, and the ongoing excavation and survey at the Zhougongmiao and Zhouyuan site complexes (all are important Western-Zhou sites). His current research projects also include an archaeometallurgical survey in Anhui where important early metallurgical sites have been discovered. He has also co-ordinated and organized a number of important exhibitions at the Sackler Museum at Peking University. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Oxford.

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Official news from the two excavation seasons is available here:

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Yijie Zhuang.

Future ICCHA China Nights

20 March 2014: Gold and Silver Production in the Imperial Period of China: Techological Choices of Ancient Smelters in Specific Social-economic and Environmental Settings
Speaker: Siran Liu, UCL