Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. His research currently focuses on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age. This research incorporates Flad's interests in diachronic change in production processes, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society – particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general. As a graduate student at UCLA, Flad conducted excavations at a salt production site in the eastern Sichuan Basin as part of the UCLA-Peking University joint project on Landscape Archaeology and Ancient Salt Production in the Upper Yangzi Basin, headed by UCLA Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen. Professor Flad has more recently started a new field project in the Chengdu region focusing on prehistoric settlement patterns and social evolution.
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Published: Friday, May 26, 2006
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