Current Developments in Chinese Archaeology


Wang Wei 王巍
Institute of Chinese Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中国社会科学院考古研究所


Chinese civilization is one of the most ancient ones in the planet. And China is well-known for its long history and great cultures. Research into the previous relics and anqituities started in the ancient time of China. Antiquarianism begun in the Song dynasty, which paved the foundation for Chinese archaeology. In the late 18th century and early 19th century, western explorers robbed a large number of ancient sites in China. The excavations at the Zhoukoudian site and the Yinxusite marked the beginning of Chinese archaeology, which was in the 1920s. From the founding of PRC China, the Chinese archaeological system came into being. This presentation introduces and analyzes the current situation in Chinese archaeology, the work of which is not confined to China, but extends to multiple countries oversea.


Biographical Sketch

Wang Wei, Director Emeritus  of the Institute of Archaeology, CASS, received his B.A. in Archaeology in 1982 from Jilin University. He obtained his Ph.D. degrees from Kyushu University in 1995 and the I.A., CASS in 1996. At CASS, he continues to be fully committed to research activities and supervision of doctoral students. Dr. Wang is an academician at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; he is also a foreign honorary member of the Archaeological Institute of America, and a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute. Professor Wang Wei directed the excavations of the palace precinct at the Yanshi site in Henan, from 1996-1998, the Western Zhou palace foundation at Zhouyuan, Shaanxi, in 2000, and the Xiaomintun site, Anyang, from 2003-2004. His major research interests include Xia-Shang-Zhou archaeology and the formation of East Asian civilizations and the interactions between them. In recent years, he has directed several national projects, including “Origins of Chinese Civilization Program”, “The Origins and Early Development of Chinese Civilization”, and “Origins of the Mongols and Yuan Dynasty Imperial Tombs”.