Archaeological Landscapes of the Lu City: Memory and Landscape Transformation in Early China

A talk on the results from the archaeological survey project on Lu City by Li Min.


The archaeological survey project, “Archaeological Landscapes of the Lu City: Memory and Landscape Transformation in Early China,” investigates long-term transformation of the historical landscape around the Lu city, a major urban and ritual center of Bronze Age and early imperial China in the Qufu region, southwestern Shandong, during a period of significant social change. Combining intensive survey, remote sensing, geomorphological studies, and historical research, our archaeological study document the dynamic relationship between urbanization, development of a major ceremonial complex, and the reconfiguration of cultural landscape in the hinterland of one of the most important cities of early China. The talk covers results from the first phase of joint field research by an international research team directed by UCLA and Chinese scholars.

Li Min (Assistant Professor of Archaeology of China) received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2008. Focusing on archaeology of early China and maritime archaeology of Asiatic Trade during the 13th and 17th century, Li Min has been co-directing a multidisciplinary landscape survey project around the Bronze Age city of Qufu since 2010. He is working on a book project entitled “Settling the Tripods on the Central Plains.” Li Min taught undergraduate and graduate courses on landscape archaeology, maritime trade, ancient Chinese civilizations, and archaeological theories at UCLA.

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Duration: 01:19:46

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013