Archaeology in/of China

Fall Course and Winter Field Trip 2014-15

Fall Lecture Course: Anth 247A (4,x)
An interdisciplinary course covering the archaeology of Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age China, as well as the history and practice of archaeology as a discipline in China.  Topics will include key archaeological findings in the North China plain (Banpo Village and the Qin tombs in Xi'an), and critiques of the Yellow River 'Cradle of Civilization' model motivated by new findings at Sanxingdui and Jinsha (near Chengdu) and Hemudu (near Ningbo).  We will also consider the development of archaeology in China from its Western roots, through its use by Republican and Communist governments to script a national past, in academic writing, popular discourse, and museum exhibitions.  Professors Rollefson and McKhann. 4 credits. Distribution: social science; cultural pluralism.  Cross-listed as AsnS 201.

Winter Field Trip: Anth 247B (x,2)        Application Required
Tentative Trip Dates: Dec. 28, 2014 – Jan. 18, 2015
This field component to the fall lecture course will include 21 days of travel by air and train to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Ningbo, and Shanghai, beginning just after Christmas 2014.  At each city, students will visit key archaeological sites and museums, and meet with Chinese archaeologists and graduate students specializing in those sites.  Only students participating in Anth 247A are eligible, by application.  Scholarships* are available.  Space is limited.  Professors Rollefson and McKhann.
2 credits. Distribution: social science; cultural pluralism.  Cross-listed as AsnS 202.

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Application Deadline:
Monday, April 7, 2014 in the Off-Campus Studies Office, Mem. 205

Program Cost:
Program fee: $3,100 (International airfare not included)
International airfare: $1,400 (estimate)
Total estimated cost: $4,500

Financial Aid:
Students with financial need are encouraged to apply for funding as need-based scholarship assistance is available through the David Deal China Exchange Endowment. Partial and full scholarships may be available.

*Please note that students who have received financial aid previously for China trips through the David Deal Endowment, such as WSSC, are not eligible for further funding from this endowment.