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China: State Formation and Urbanization

Li Liu.

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

March 2009; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Studies; Archaeology of China. 12878 words.

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...

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East Asia

S. Nelson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

March 2009; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Studies; Archaeology of China. 9960 words.

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...

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Engendering Ancestors through Death Ritual in Ancient China

Alice Yao.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial

May 2013; p ublished online August 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Archaeology of China. 7278 words.

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...

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The Prehistory of Religion in China

Lukas Nickel.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

October 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Archaeology of China; Prehistoric Archaeology. 6425 words.

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...

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The Rock Art of South and East Asia

Paul S.C. Taçon.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology by Region; Archaeology of China. 9090 words.

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...

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The zooarchaeology of Neolithic China

Li Liu and Xiaolin Ma.

in The Oxford Handbook of Zooarchaeology

March 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Archaeology; Environmental Archaeology; Prehistoric Archaeology; Archaeology of China. 6237 words.

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 that...

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