A New Archaeology Initiative to Elucidate the Formation Process of Chinese Civilization


International workshop “Considering the emergence of village life in eastern Central Asia” will be held on February 14, 2023 (Tue.)NEW
Seminar of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research “東アジアの食文化史を考える” will be held on February 21, 2023 (Tue.)NEW
The 5th general meeting of FPCC will be held on February 18-19, 2023 (Sat., Sun.)NEW
The 20th seminar, named “Phytolith and Rice ーNew progress on Rice Phytolith and Neolithic Rice Agriculture Study in China”, was held online on December 20, 2022 (Tue.)
The 19th seminar, named “Recent advances in proteomics in bioarchaeology and human evolution studies”, was held online on December 12, 2022 (Mon.)
The 18th seminar, named “‘Ai kurgan’ -an ‘exceptional’ cave crypt sealed 2500 years ago”, was held online on November 18, 2022 (Fri.)
The 4th general meeting of FPCC was held on October 23, 2022 (Sun.)
Formation Process of Chinese Civilization/ The Essence of Urban Civilization Joint Symposium was held on October 22, 2022 (Sat.)
Newsletter vol. 04 (September 2022) has been uploaded
The Archeological Science Handbook “科学分析はじめてガイド” (A02) has been uploaded in LINK page


  The purpose of this project is to elucidate the process by which the various local civilizations that emerged in China during the late Neolithic period (late 3rd millennium BC) eventually converged in the middle reaches of the Yellow River and blossomed as “Chinese Civilization” during the early Bronze Age (early 2nd millennium BC). In order to achieve this goal, archaeology, which reconstructs history from visible objects, and archaeological science, which extracts invisible information from those objects, must work together on an equal footing. Rather than being satisfied with fundamental works such as radiocarbon dating and ecofacts identification, we can extract the maximum amount of information from archaeological sites and remains by applying the most advanced analytical methods in geochemistry and biochemistry, and even reconstruct history at the individual level, which has been considered impossible in traditional archaeology. The “New Archaeology Initiative” will transform archaeological research into a higher-dimensional and comprehensive historical science that is qualitatively different from the past.


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