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


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  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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