Bronze Casting and Craft Organization of the Shang Dynasty- a multiple craft perspective


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History Study and Research Fellowships (East and Southeast Asia)


Institute of Archaeology




This proposed research is to investigate bronze casting and craft organization of the Shang Dynasty from a perspective of technological style and cross-craft interactions. I wil analyze the bronze foundry remains excavated at Xiaomintum from 2000 to 2004; the focus of my study will be on the issues of the reconstruction of operational sequences of ceramic production and bronze casting. Through active collaborative research and learning at the University of British Columbia, I hope I can learn and understand modern anthropological and archaeological theories and methods, particularly those on technology and material culture, which will foster my thinking and research on Shang civilization as well as ancient societies in China.