Wednesday 18 May | Lecture by prof. dr. Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA)

Archaeology and its Role in Contemporary China

This lecture will discuss the position of archaeology in the concert of the human sciences in 20th and 21st-century China, the relationship of modern archaeology (introduced into China in the 1920s) to traditional antiquarian practices, and the biographies of two dozen major practitioners in their historical contexts.

Wednesday 18 May, 4 pm
Lipsius building, room 003

Lothar von Falkenhausen obtained a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University in 1988. Having taught at Stanford University and UC Riverside, he came to UCLA in 1993 and was promoted to Professor in 1997. His research concerns the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age, preferably focusing on large interdisciplinary and historical issues on which archaeological materials can provide significant new information.

One example of this orientation are his numerous publications on musical instruments (especially chime-bells), culminating in his book Suspended Music (University of California Press, 1993). Other publications concern ancient Chinese bronzes and their inscriptions, ritual, regional cultures, archaeological synthesis, ancient trans-Asiatic contacts, and methodological issues.

As the American co-PI of the ongoing Peking University-UCLA Joint Archaeological Project, he is directing excavations at ancient salt-production sites in the Yangzi River Basin. He serves as editor of the Journal of East Asian Archaeology and of the Early China Special Monographs Series.

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