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


The symposium, named “農書からみる中国―生産技術・自然環境・生活文化” will be held on Sep 16, 2023 (Sat.)NEW
The 24th seminar, the 7th seminar of developing young scholars, named “Novel SEM Approaches for Archaeological Artefact Analysis” was held on March 16~17, 2023 (Tue.,Fri.)
The 5th general meeting of FPCC was held on February 18-19, 2023 (Sat., Sun.)
The 23th seminar, named “東アジアの食文化史を考える” , was held online on February 21, 2023 (Tue.)
The 25th seminar, “考古学マススペクトロメトリーが明かす古代の食:世界と日本の残存脂質分析のこれまでとこれから” will be held on Apirl 2, 2023 (Sun.)
International workshop “Considering the emergence of village life in eastern Central Asia” will be held on February 14, 2023 (Tue.)
The 23th seminar, named “東アジアの食文化史を考える” will be held on February 21, 2023 (Tue.)
The 5th general meeting of FPCC will be held on February 18-19, 2023 (Sat., Sun.)
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 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.


Human and Social Science Hall 4, Kanazawa University                                                  Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, 9201192, Japan                                  E-mail:chugokubunmei@gmail.com

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