East Asia

S. Nelson

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 East Asia

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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 the importance of its historical influence. However, an analysis of East Asian archaeology based on China alone would be inadequate because the nation-states of South and North Korea, Japan, and Russia also practised their own archaeology. This article describes the archaeology of these nation-states.

Keywords: archaeology; East Asia; China; historical influence; South Korea; North Korea; Japan; Russia; nation-states

Article.  9960 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Archaeology of China

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