The Tao River Archaeological Project: Mapping Proto-Silk Road Interactions in Northwestern China


Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies – Long-Term


Asian Studies; Anthropology

Named Award

Long-term named award


The neolithic and bronze age in northwestern China’s Gansu Province was a key time for the formation of interaction networks that allowed for movements of people, goods, and technologies that shaped the formation of early states. However, how these networks were formed and functioned, and the impact they had on local societies remain unclear. The international collaboration of the Tao River Archaeological Project sought to shed light on these important issues through years of archaeological survey and excavation as several sites in the Tao River Valley. This project will focus on publication of landmark results of the project in comprehensive volumes in English and Chinese, as well as completion of research on ceramic samples from several sites, allowing for future work in this region.