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China: State Formation and Urbanization  

Li Liu

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2012
This article examines state formation and urbanisation in China from an archaeological perspective. It explains that modern archaeology conducted by Chinese archaeologists began in the ... More

East Asia  

S. Nelson

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the archaeology of East Asia. It explains that Chinese archaeology dominates interpretations of all archaeology in the region because of the sheer size of China and ... More

Engendering Ancestors through Death Ritual in Ancient China  

Alice Yao

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May 2013
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Aug 2013
Gender is an underexplored issue in the study of ancient China, often understood to be one and same as biological sex. Using biological remains and material offerings excavated from major cemetery ... More

The Prehistory of Religion in China  

Lukas Nickel

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article introduces evidence for religion in both late Neolithic and early historic China, mainly relying on archaeological sources. Religion is used here as a general term for human ... More

The Rock Art of South and East Asia  

Paul S.C. Taçon

This chapter discusses the rock art of South and East Asia, with particular emphasis on India, China, and Southeast Asia. It begins with an overview of early research and first discoveries ... More

The zooarchaeology of Neolithic China  

Li Liu and Xiaolin Ma

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Mar 2017
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Apr 2017
China is one of the few primary loci of animal domestication and of emergent agriculture in the world; Chinese society has been predominantly agrarian for thousands of years, a process ... More

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