Speaker to Probe New Research on Early Chinese Civilization

Harvard University anthropologist Rowan Flad to speak at The College of Wooster on Mar. 5

18 February, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Rowan Flad, professor of anthropology at Harvard University, will present "Technological Changes and Long-Distance Interaction in Prehistoric Northwest China: New Research on the Qijia Culture" on Thursday, Mar. 5, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.) at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the event.

Flad will discuss his role as a member of a team from the Gansu Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Peking University, Harvard University, and National Taiwan University that conducted intensive field investigations at the site of Qijiaping, the type-site of the Qijia Culture (2400 BC - 1900 BC) along the Yellow River in north-central China. This research complements previous excavation work in the cemetery area of the site, and coring conducted by the Gansu Provincial Institute, which has provided a new understanding of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in the Tao River Valley. The research is part of a more extensive effort to understand community configuration and technological change in the Tao River area during the transition from farming communities to the first civilization in China.

Flad has published extensively on archaeology in China in many edited volumes and journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Anthropology, The Holocene, and Antiquity, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, among others. He also co-edited a book on specialization in the series Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, and is the author of Salt Production and Social Hierarchy in Ancient China: An Archaeological Investigation of Specialization in China's Three Gorges.

The lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honor Society in Anthropology. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.