Chinese Archaeology Conference

April 23-24, 2012
9:00am – 6:00pm

Location: Stanford Archaeology Center - Building 500, 488 Escondido Mall                                                                                                                                  

Stanford International Symposium:

The origins of Sedentism and agriculture in early China

Sedentari­zation and the appearance of agriculture are two of the most momentous evolutionary steps towards the emergence of complex societies in human history. These two developments, together with pottery and polished stone tools, have been generally regarded as part of Neolithization. However, recent studies from many regions in the world have shown that the beginnings of sedentariness and the emergence of food production did not always coincide. On the one hand, sedentism could be practiced in non-agricultural societies; on the other hand, the progress from low-level food production to agriculture may have taken many millennia, during which domesticates did not play an important role in subsistence strategies. In Chinese archaeological research, the origins of cereal and animal domestication have long been emphasized, but much less attention has been paid to sedentism. In this workshop we intend to investigate the evidence from interdisciplinary perspectives for understanding the initial transition from mobile hunter-gatherer lifeways to sedentism, the development and various formulations of sedentism, the emergence of plant/animal domestication, and the relationships between sedentarization and food production in China.



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Sheahan Bestel (Stanford University, USA), “Grasses in late Paleolithic and early Neolithic north China”

Robert Bettinger (UC Davis, USA), “Hunter-gatherer origins of millet agriculture in China”

Xingcan Chen陈星灿 (Institute of Archaeology, CASS, China), “The Neolithization process in China: a comparative study”

Gary Crawford (University of Toronto, Canada), "Comparing human ecology in early Holocene Japan and China: A Palaeoethnobotanical perspective”

Wei Ge葛威 (Xiamen University, China), “Changes of prehistoric plant use in southeast China: a case study of the Qihedong site”

Haibin Gu顾海滨 (Hunan Institute of Archaeology, China), “Characteristics of charred rice remains from archaeological sites in Human”

Jade D'Alpoim Guedes (Harvard University, USA), “The spread of agriculture to the Sichuan Basin”

Leping Jiang蒋乐平 (Zhejiang Institute of Archaeology, China), “The origins of early agriculture and sedentism in the upper reaches of the Qiantang River valley in 10000 BP”

Tianlong Jiao焦天龙 (Bishop Museum, USA), “Toward an alternative understanding of the beginning of food production in China”

Guiyun Jin靳桂云 (Shandong University, China), “Early cultivation and low level food production- archaeobotanic evidence from the edge of the Shandong Highlands, eastern China”

Martin Jones (Cambridge University, UK), “Millet and mobility: considerations of the archaeology and ethnography of millet farming”

Gyoung-Ah Lee이경아  李炅娥  (University of Oregon, USA), “Old crops, new idea: comparative perspective on Neolithic resource management in the Central Plains of China and Southern Korea”

Guoxiang Liu刘国祥 (Institute of Archaeology, CASS, China), “On the settlement pattern of the Xinglongwa culture and related issues”

Li Liu刘莉 (Stanford University), "The role of tubers and acorns in the transition from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic”

Xinyi Liu (Cambridge University, UK), “Food web, production and consumption: the longue durée of the Neolithic China”

Yanhua Song宋艳花(Shanxi University), “New discoveries at the Shizitan site in Jixian, Shanxi”

Wei Wang王巍 (Institute of Archaeology, CASS, China), “Issues on the origins of agriculture in China”

Youping Wang王幼平 (Peking University, China), “The Lijiacun site and the transition from Paleolithic to Neolithic in the Central Plain”

Chi Zhang张弛 (Peking University, China), “The newly excavated Jiahu Phase I remains at the Baligang site in Henan”

Juzhong Zhang张居中 (University of Science and Technology of China, China), “Dynamic thinking of the origins and development of early agriculture in China”

Xuelian Zhang张雪莲 (Institute of Archaeology, CASS, China), “On the origins of agriculture in north China based on stable isotope analysis of human bones”

Zhijun Zhao赵志军(Institute of Archaeology, CASS, China), “New archaeobotanic data for study of origin of dryland agriculture in north China”




The symposium is co-sponsored by the Stanford Archaeology Center and Confucius Institute of EALC at Stanford University, and co-organized by Stanford University, Institute of Archaeology, CASS, and Peking University


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