The Formation of Chinese Civilization


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An Archaeological Perspective

Kwang-chih Chang, Xu Pingfang, Lu Liancheng, Shao Wangping, Wang Youping, Yan Wenming, Zhang Zhongpei, with Xu Hong and Wang Renxiang; Edited and with an introduction by Sarah Allan; Foreword by Peter J. Ucko

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Paleolithic sites from one million years ago, Neolithic sites with extraordinary jade and ceramic artifacts, excavated tombs and palaces of the Shang and Zhou dynasties—all these are part of the archaeological riches of China. This magnificent book surveys China’s archaeological remains and in the process rewrites the early history of the world’s most enduring civilization.

Eminent scholars from China and America show how archaeological evidence establishes that Chinese culture did not spread from a single central area, as was long assumed, but emerged out of geographically diverse, interacting Neolithic cultures. Taking us to the great archaeological finds of the past hundred years—tombs, temples, palaces, cities—they shed new light on many aspects of Chinese life. With a wealth of fascinating detail and hundreds of reproductions of archaeological discoveries, including very recent ones, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Chinese antiquity and Chinese views on the formation of their own civilization.

Published in association with New World Press, Beijing

K. C. Chang, the late John E. Hudson Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, was the author of many books, including The Archaeology of Ancient China, published by Yale University Press. Xu Pingfang is the former director of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Sarah Allan is the Burlington Northern Foundation Chair of Asian Studies at Dartmouth College and the author of numerous books.

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"A beautiful book. . . . The book is attractively formatted and has been expertly translated and edited. The support of several private individuals and foundations make this book very affordable. The quality of the information contained in the text, in combination with the photographs and its low cost, make this book an excellent choice for Chinese archaeology courses."—Gregory G. Indrisano, China Review International
ISBN: 9780300093827
Publication Date: August 12, 2005
Publishing Partner: Published in association with New World Press, Beijing
384 pages, 9 x 12
43 maps and plans; 308 color; 51 b/w; 402 total
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