The Beginnings of Metallurgy in China (Chinese Studies S. v. 11)

The Beginnings of Metallurgy in China (Chinese Studies S. v. 11)

By: Katheryn M. Linduff (editor), Sun Shuyun (editor), Han Rubin (editor)Hardback

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This text covers the early experimentation with metals and alloys and on production of metal artifacts which helps to understand the emergence of early Chinese civilization. The materials presented here should alter the view that Chinese society developed in a vacuum and that dynastic China was the exclusive making of local cultures in the Yellow River Valley.


Part 1 Debate over the origins of the Chinese Bronze Age: on early copper and bronze objects in Ancient China, An Zhimin; historical perspectives on the development of bronze - a commentary, Chen Mengjia; some problems concerning early Chinese copper and bronze artefacts, Hua Jueming; several issues about the early Bronze Age in China, An Zhimin; on the origin of bronze in Ancient China, Li Xiandeng; a discussion of the Chalcolithic Age in China, Yan Wenming; the discovery of and research on the early copper in China, Zhang Zhongpei; a preliminary study of early Chinese copper and bronze artefacts, Kaogu Xuebao; stages and regions of bronze culture in China, Li Boqian. Part 2 The Northwest - Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang: a study of casting and manufacturing techniques of early copper and bronze artefacts found in Gansu, Sun Shuyun and Han Rubin. Part 3 The central plain - Shaanxi, Shanxi and Henan: tests of brass items found at Jiangshai, phase 1, Han Rubin and Ko Tsun; the first discovery of a copper artefact at Taosi, Xiangfen, Shanxi, Shanxi Work Team; report on a bronze fragment from Longshan phase IV at Wangchenggang, Dengfang, Sun Shuyun; metallographic tests on three metal objects found at Dongxiafeng; the relationship between the remains at Erlitou and the early Bronze Age civilization in China, Zheng Guang; test results on bronzes found at Yinjiacheng (Yueshi County) in Sishui county, Shandong, Sun Shuyun. Part 4 The Northeast - Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Hebei: on the lower Xiajiadian culture, Li Boqian; metallographic analysis of bronzes found at the Zhukaigou site from the early Shang period.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773478534
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 440
  • ID: 9780773478534
  • ISBN10: 0773478531

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