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Gold and Silver Production in the Imperial Period of China

Publication date: Mar 17, 2014 09:47 AM

Start: Mar 20, 2014 05:30 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Gold and Silver Production in the Imperial Period of China

Siran Liu will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Lecture of 2013-14 at the Institute on 20 March.

Siran Liu will give a lecture entitled 'Gold and Silver Production in the Imperial Period of China: Technological Choices of Ancient Smelters in Specific Social-economic and Environmental Settings' and all are welcome.

Abstract

Since the second half of the first millennium BC, gold and silver was gradually adopted in China as prestige material and its production culminated in the 11th-13th century AD. Gold and silver in this period was used in various ways such as for awards, gift-giving, paying tribute, and manufacturing artefacts. Despite its importance, we know little about the production technologies of gold and silver in this period of China. Siran’s current research shows that this technology varied significantly in different regions of China, as a result of local adaptive strategies to specific social-economic and environmental settings. In this seminar, Siran will show you the first systematic reconstruction of precious metal production technologies in imperial period of China and discuss how technological choices of ancient Chinese smelters were influence by their specific social-economic and environmental contexts.

Speaker

Siran gained a BA in Art Conservation from the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University (2005-2009) and an Msc in Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials from the Institute in 2010. He then worked as a research assistant in Peking University from 2010-2011 before starting his PhD research at the Institute (September 2011-). His PhD research topic is “Gold and Silver Production in the Imperial Period of China”.

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

Through its China Nights events and Guest Lecture Series, the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) endeavours to promote all aspects of Chinese history and prehistory and strengthen academic links between China and Europe.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to the ICCHA Administrator.