Archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age: From Erlitou to Anyang


Series: Monographs 79
ISBN: 978-1-931745-98-7
Publication Date: Aug 2014
Price: Pb $55, eBook $40
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Roderick B. Campbell

Archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age is a synthesis of recent Chinese archaeological work on the second millennium BCE-the period associated with China’s first dynasties and East Asia’s first “states.” With a focus Chinese Bronze Ageon early China’s great metropolitan centers in the Central Plains and their hinterlands, this work attempts to contextualize them within their wider zones of interaction from the Yangtze to the edge of the Mongolian steppe, and from the Yellow Sea to the Tibetan plateau and the Gansu corridor. Analyzing the complexity of early Chinese culture history, and the variety and development of its urban formations, Roderick Campbell explores East Asia’s divergent developmental paths and re-examines its deep past to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of China’s Early Bronze Age.

Table of Contents
  • Ch. 01: Introduction
  • Ch. 02: The Erlitou Period
  • Ch. 03: The Erligang Period
  • Ch. 04: The Xiaoshuangqiao-Huanbei Period
  • Ch. 05: The Anyang Period
  • Ch. 06: Conclusion: The Central Plains Bronze Age from Erlitou to Anyang