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Activities & Events

Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact

 

Research Activities

2018-19: Research activities aim at establishing the crucial points in the developments of investigations of the past until 1921.

2019: Research activities aimed at tracing the impact of mining engineers and geologists in the discovery of the Yangshao culture and the beginning of ’modern’ archaeology in China.

2019: Identifying and create short biographies of key individuals related to these developments both in China and Europe.

2018-19: Locating relevant archival material, including photographs, diaries, and reports (in Europe and China).

2019: Produced paper “Under the surface”, by Prof Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Dr Guohua YANG to be published in P. Crook and C. Williamson ‘Archaeology, History, Philosophy and Heritage: Essays in Honour of Tim Murray’.

2019: working on the volume “The Research History of the Yangshao Culture.

 

Recruitment Activities

The first project PhD studentship has been offered to Mrs XU Zhiyin. Mrs Xu will take up the PhD in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology under the supervision of Prof Marie Louise Stig Sørensen in October 2019 having obtained a BA degree from Fudan University and a MA from University College London.

 

Communication & Dissemination Activities

Yangshao Culture Project Logo

The project logo (designed by O. Antczak) is composed of several elements.  The orange circle represents the land with the Yellow River running through it. The flower, considered by some scholars to be a symbol of ancient China, is derived from painted decoration on Neolithic pottery. The image of ‘Fish and Human Mask’ is borrowed from the ‘Pottery Bowl Decorated with Fish and Human Mask’, which was found in the Yangshao Culture site at Panpo village in 1955, and now in the collections of the National Museum of China. This pot has become a representative example of the Yangshao Banpo type pottery.

 

 

 

News on the research project “Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact”, was published at Cambridge Heritage Bulletin (page 1-2) on 15 January 2019. https://www.heritage.arch.cam.ac.uk/documents/15.01.2019_Bulletin

Images of Chinese heritage sites feature on the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre (CHRC) Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/cambridge_heritage) to share awareness of these sites widely. 

 

Events & Talks

China Day Presentation, Jesus College

Prof Marie Louise Stig Sørensen: ‘The Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact’, Paper given at the China Centre Intellectual Forum: Fellows’ China Day in Jesus College, University of Cambridge on 29 November 2018.

Yangshao Project Poster

Project poster presentation ‘The Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact’ produced for the CHRC Heritage fair at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge in October 2018. 

Chinese Embassy Presentation 1

Dr Guohua YANG: ‘The Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact’ was presented to the Education Section in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in London on 10 April 2019.

 Summer Seminar - LI Hailong

Dr Guohua YANG and Dr Laurence Smith: Hosted a special summer seminar: The Historical and Geographical Values of Chinese Primordial Eight Trigrams by Professor LI Hailong from the Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics in the West Building Seminar Room, Department of Archaeology at 4:30pm, in August 2019.

 Painted Pottery Road

Dr Guohua YANG: hosted the opening of the ‘Painted Pottery Road’ Exhibition of the Yangshao Culture at Downing College Library at 2:00pm Tuesday on 22 October 2019.

Downing College Exhibition 1

Downing College Exhibition 2

Photo source: Yangshao Culture Museum, Mianchi County, Henan Province

The distinguished guests attending the opening of the exhibition were: Prof. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Director of Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, and PI of the Project “Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact”; Mr Yu Peng, Minister Counsellor of Cultural Office, Chinese Embassy in the UK; Tina D’Angelico, Head Porter, Downing College; Prof. Martin Jones, Senior Fellow of McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Department of Archaeology; ZHANG Baojin, Vice Director of Press Office of Henan Provincial People’s Government; LI Yuzhong, Division Chief of Press Office of Henan Provincial People’s Government; Mr REN Zhanzhou, Director of Sanmenxia Cultural Relics Bureau; Mrs SHI Xianwei, Vice Mayor of Mianchi County People’s Government and David Mahony, Deputy Head Porter, Downing College. Guests gave speeches, and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the exhibition on the 22nd October 2019. 

Dr YANG Guohua: hosted the ‘Painted Pottery Road’ international meeting about the Yangshao Culture in the Seminar Room of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Department of Archaeology at 3:30pm Tuesday on the 22nd October 2019.

Prof Marie Louise Stig Sørensen: ‘The Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact’; presentation given at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge on 22 October 2019.