The first Emperor's home base

26 November 2010

To coincide with the Art Gallery of New South Wales' new exhibition, The First Emperor: China's entombed Warriors, the University of Sydney Confucius Institute co-presents a Sydney Ideas Lecture: The First Emperor's Home Base: Archaeological Perspectives on Ethnicity in Ancient China, in collaboration with the School of Languages and Culture, Faculty of Arts.

A favourite topic in modern Chinese archaeology is the definition of ancient ethnic groups on the basis of excavated materials. This has been attempted, for instance, in the case of the First Emperor's home polity of Qin, which arose in a multi-ethnic environment on the north-western edge of Bronze Age China. What can archaeology tell us about the ethnic origins of the Qin ruling group - were they colonizers from the dynastic centres of China, or were they assimilated Barbarians? What are the methodological problems involved in this type of archaeological analysis?

Lothar von Falkenhausen is Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History and Associate Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His specialty is East Asian archaeology, with an emphasis on the great Bronze Age of China (ca. 2000-200 BC). He has published more than one hundred articles, books, and edited volumes; the most important being two books: Suspended Music: Chime Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China (Berkeley 1993), and (Los Angeles 2006). The latter book received the 2008 book award (academic category) from the Society for American Archaeology.

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When: Monday 6 December 2010
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law School
Booking: Please email Confucius Institute