May 27, 2010 - 7:30pm
***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO MAY 27TH*** SILK ROAD LECTURE SERIES This lecture presents a survey of early metallurgy in Xinjiang and its relationship to adjacent regions. Early bronze production almost certainly arose as a result of contact with areas to the west, but how significant was this outside influence? What can we say about the local context of metallurgical practices in Central Asia? Was there any connection with the centers of civilization in China? Lothar von Falkenhausen obtained a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University in 1988. Having taught at Stanford University and UC Riverside, he joined UCLA in 1993 and was promoted to Professor in 1997. His research concerns the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age, focusing on large interdisciplinary and historical issues on which archaeological materials can provide significant new information. One example of this orientation are his numerous publications on musical instruments (especially chime-bells), culminating in his book Suspended Music (University of California Press, 1993). Other publications concern ancient Chinese bronzes and their inscriptions, ritual, regional cultures, archaeological synthesis, ancient trans-Asiatic contacts, and methodological issues. As the American co-PI of the ongoing Peking University-UCLA Joint Archaeological Project, he is directing excavations at ancient salt-production sites in the Yangzi River Basin. He serves as editor of the Journal of East Asian Archaeology and of the Early China Special Monographs Series.
Free and open to the public.
The Silkroad Foundation, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for East Asian Studies