Institute of Archaeology


Kunlong Chen - Newton International Fellow

  • BEng, PhD
  • Newton International Fellow 2017-19

Research Interests

Scientific analysis and technological research on archaeological materials, mainly focusing on technology of Chinese Bronze Age Metallurgy and its social impacts

Current research project

Metallurgy in Bronze Age China: Regional Production and Trans-cultural Networks

This project aims to explore the development of bronze metallurgy and its social impact in Bronze Age China, emphasising the diversity of both the regional trajectories and the exchanges that reflect underlying politics and cultural developments. It focuses particularly on the regional interactions as reflected by the production, use and circulation of bronze during the 15th to 11th centuries BC. This is the period when distinct bronze industries emerged in many regional centres (Erligang period, early-middle Shang) and become well established towards the Anyang period (later Shang).

Professional History and Educational Background

  • 2013-16: Associate Professor of Archaeological Science, Institute of Cultural Heritage and History of Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology, Beijing
  • 2012-13: Lecturer, Institute of Historical Metallurgy and Materials, University of Science and Technology, Beijing
  • 2010-12: Postdoctoral researcher, School of Metallurgy and Ecology, University of Science and Technology, Beijing
  • 2010: PhD, University of Science and Technology, Beijing
  • 2007: Marie Curie Fellowship for Early Stage Researchers Training, UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • 2000: Bachelor of Engineering in Material Sciences, Zhengzhou University, China
  • Kunlong Chen, Jianjun Mei and Thilo Rehren, et al. 2016. Indigenous Production and Interregional Exchange: Late Second Millennium BC Bronzes from the Hanzhong Basin, China. Antiquity 90 (351):665-678
  • Jianjun Mei, Pu Wang and Kunlong Chen, et al. 2015. ArchaeometallurgicalStudies in China: Some Recent Developments and Challenging Issues. Journal of Archaeological Science 56: 221-32.
  • Kunlong Chen, Jianjun Mei and Anding Shao, et al. 2015. Scientific Study onthe Western Zhou Period Bronze Armour Unearthed from the Shigushan Site,Baoji, Shaanxi Province. Cultural Relics 2015(5): 68-75. (in Chinese)
  • Jianjun Mei, Jianwei Xu, and Kunlong Chen, et al. 2012. Recent Research onEarly Bronze Metallurgy in Northwest China. In Paul Jett (ed.), Scientific Research on Ancient Asian Metallurgy. Washington: Freer Gallery of Arts, pp. 37-46.
  • Kunlong Chen, Jianjun Mei and Congcang Zhao. 2012. A Scientific Study on the Copper and Bronze Artifacts Unearthed from the Bao-shan Site and its Relevant Issues. Cultural Relics 2012(7): 84-91. (in Chinese)
  • Kunlong Chen, Thilo Rehren and Jianjun Mei et al. 2009. Special Alloys from Remote Frontiers: Scientific Study of the Shang Bronzes from Hanzhong, Southwest Shaanxi. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 2108-2118.
  • Jianjun Mei, Kunlong Chen and Wei Cao. 2009. Scientific Examination of Shang-Dynasty Bronzes from Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province, China. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1881-1891.
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