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By Miriam T. Stark

ISBN-10: 1405102128

ISBN-13: 9781405102124

ISBN-10: 1405102136

ISBN-13: 9781405102131

This advent to the archaeology of Asia specializes in case experiences from the region’s final 10,000 years of heritage. Comprising fifteen chapters written via many of the world’s most suitable Asia archaeologists, the e-book sheds gentle on some of the such a lot compelling facets of Asian archaeology, from the earliest plant and animal domestication to the emergence of states and empires from Pakistan to North China. specifically, the members discover problems with cross-cultural importance, comparable to migration, ethnicity, urbanism, and expertise, difficult readers to imagine past nationwide and nearby limitations. In doing so, they draw on unique learn information and synthesize paintings formerly unavailable to western readers.

The quantity as an entire deals new insights into the archaeology of Asia and encourages western students to pay extra recognition to the continent of their stories of human origins, evolution, and historical past.

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The rulers of the Southern Song Dynasty collected and treasured the ritual vessels of the Shang and Zhou rulers, already some 1,500 to 2,000 years old by then. The classification of these bronze vessels, which is still used, was established in the Song Dynasty on the basis of the transmitted ritual classics (von Falkenhausen 1993:842–3). The following section reviews some relationships between nationalism and archaeology across East Asia, and summarizes related research in Southeast Asia. Ideology, Nationalism, and Archaeology in the Peoples’ Republic of China Archaeological research in China began with the excavations between 1927 and 1938 by Li Ji and his colleagues at Yinxu near Anyang.

Archaeology in the service of political nationalism, however, is a two-edged sword. It can be beneficial insofar as it encourages an interest in local origins and educates a people who may have few other sources of information on their more remote past to relate to their ancestors and take a pride in their achievements. But nationalist archaeology can easily lead to xenophobia and manipulation by unscrupulous politicians and a media looking for short-term advantages. Archaeologists working in a country with a strong nationalist historical tradition need to be aware of the problem and be ready to counter the misrepresentation of their researches by those with other agendas.

President Ho Chi Minh took an active interest in prehistoric archaeology and often visited excavations even at the height of the wars and appointed Pham Huy Tong, a former secretary, to be director of the newly created National Institute of Archaeology. Following independence the Vietnamese were encouraged to see in their Bronze Age the first flowering of native Vietnamese genius, the creation of a territorial political state, or states, with high levels of technical and artistic skills equaling those of southern China.

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