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Last updated on 12 Jan 2005, 16 main entries

Archaeology:   Top | General | East Asia | China


  1. Very useful
    Archaeology on the Net: Asia (Tumay Asena)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "Archaeology on the Net is an index of archaeology and related sciences' resources on the internet. The purpose of the site is to provide an organized guide to archaeologists and the rest of internet community to help them locate the necessary information they are searching for."
    Information supplied by Annette Kieser, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
    Added 08 Jun 1998 (HL)

  2. Very useful
    Silkroad Foundation (Silkroad Foundation, Saratoga, California, USA)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "The Silkroad Foundation is a non-profit organization, established in 1996, to promote the study and preservation of cultures and art on Inner Asia and the Silk Road. The primary goal of The Silkroad Foundation is to establish and maintain vital links to the Silk Road communities here in the United States and abroad in order to educate and inform people about the latest Inner Asia and Silk Road research and discoveries."
    Description: Very useful set of resources on the Silk Road and related sites.
    Site contents: Studies (Xinjiang, Dunhuang, etc.), Articles, Lectures, Culture, Travel, Biblio, Maps, Timeline, Links, FAQ, and News.
    Added 28 May 2001 (ST)

    Archaeology:   Top | General | East Asia | China

    East Asia

  3. Essential!
    The Ancient East Asia Website (Simon Holledge, The Ancient East Asia Website, Tokyo, Japan)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "Welcome to the Ancient East Asia, a new independent website devoted to the archaeology and prehistory of China, Japan and Korea, inviting contributions from archaeologists, scholars and interested members of the public."
    Description: Extremely useful site that replaces the website of The Society for East Asian Archaeologists (closed since 1 Jun 2001). Includes an enormous biblography of references.
    Site contents: Introduction; Special Features; News and Reports; Archaeologists' Pages; Related Internet Sites and Resources; Archives; Bibliography.
    Resource suggested by Annette Kieser.
    Added 16 Aug 2001 (ST)

  4. Maritime Asia (Sten Sjostrand, Roxanna Brown, Dato' Dr Adi Taha, Claire Barnes; Kuala Lumpur, Malysia.)
    Language: English.
    Description: A website devoted to trade-ships that came from China to Malaysia. One part contains the online exhibition of 7 wrecks, "Discovering Asia's ceramic development over half a millennium - through shipwrecks of the 14th to 19th centuries" (part of the exhibition "Maritime archaeology Malaysia" which opened in November 2001 at Muzium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). The website also includes all the content of an article by Sten Sjostrand and Claire Barnes, Turiang: a fourteenth century Chinese shipwreck, upsetting Southeast Asian ceramic history, that has been published in: Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol LXXIV part 1 (no. 280), 2001, p. 71-109. Topic pages are supplementary to the principal sections of the site: the Chronology provides an overview of Asian maritime trade up to 1700, drawing on historical sources from many countries and new archaeological evidence. 'Malaysia at the crossroads' explains the wealth of historic shipwrecks around the country.
    Site contents: (1) Exhibition: 7 shipwrecks; (2) Specific ships (Tg.Simpang; Turiang; Desaru); (3) Topic pages (Chronology; Malaysia; Ship types; Iron; Compass; Soundings; Tioman); (4) What's new; (5) People/contacts.
    Added 02 May 2004 (MA)

  5. Very useful
    Antique Chinese Porcelain Collector's Help and Info Page (Jan-Erik Nilsson, Gothenburg, Sweden)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "This fully searchable web site is dedicated to the needs and interests of the collectors of Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain. It currently offers 1.3 Gb (1,300 Mb) worth of Chinese and Japanese collectors information as in text and pictures. [...]"
    Description: Although this site also contains a commercial part, the information on the world of Chinese and Japanese ceramics is of very good quality. There is a section on marks (including historic and modern imitations), a glossary with more than 500 entries, a chapter on the Swedish India Company and the excavation of the Gotheborg, an annotated list of books on ceramics, and an active discussion list (requires registration), to name just a few. A drawback is the sheer size of the site and the lack of a clear defined sub-structure. One can easily get lost or end up in frames that load instead of the navigation. Despite these flaws it is a very useful resource.
    Site contents: (1) Home; (2) Porcelain Info ("Twenty Illustrations of the Manufacture of Porcelain", 1743; Questions and Answers); (3) Chinese History; (4) Marks; (5) Books; (6) Discussion Board; (7) Links; (8) Sponsors; (9) Guestbook; (10) FAQ; (11) Commercial part.
    Added 12 Jan 2005 (MA)

    Archaeology:   Top | General | East Asia | China


  6. Essential!
    International Dunhuang Project Interactive Database (IDP, The British Library, London, UK)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "View details of over 20,000 pre-eleventh century manuscripts and documents from the ancient towns of the Chinese Silk Roads. Full search facilities - by language, form, library number and subject - and high-quality colour images of over 1,000 manuscripts.".
    Description: AS WWW VL Monitor supplied note: "The database [launched 14 Oct 98 - ed.] is recreating in virtual form the contents of a Buddhist library cave discovered in 1900 near the Silk Road oasis town of Dunhuang on the edge of the Gobi Desert. [...] The International Dunhuang Project (IDP) was established in early 1994 to foster collaboration between holders, conservators and researchers of material from Dunhuang. With the launch of this web database, the Project's work becomes accessible world-wide for the first time. The database is both catalogue and image bank, with details of over 20,000 manuscripts in Chinese, Tibetan and other Central Asian languages, and over 1,000 high-quality colour images. It also contains indexes, bibliographies and site details for many of the manuscripts. [...T]he database is interactive, allowing scholars to send their own comments and details of their own research in the field." (Cited from the Asian Studies WWW Monitor 14. Oct. 1998).
    Site contents: (1) The IDP Interactive Web Database; (2) 'Sponsor a Sutra'; (3) Description of the Database; (4) The International Dunhuang Project; (5) IDP Publications; (6) Dunhuang and the Cave of Manuscripts; (7) Access to Manuscripts; (8) Highlights of the Dunhuang Collection; (9) Bookbinding Site; (10) Links to Other Web Sites; (11) IDP Newsletter.
    Note: Frames capable browser needed!
    Information supplied by Susan Whitfield (susan.whitfield@news1.bl.uk).
    Added 20 Oct 1998, last revised 26 Nov 2000 (HL)

  7. Very useful
    Database of Early Chinese Manuscripts (Enno Giele, Society for the Study of Early China, Univ. of Chicago, USA)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "This is the full and most updated version [last update: Jan 2000 - HL] of my database that in an abbreviated format accompanies my review article "Early Chinese Manuscripts: Including Addenda and Corrigenda to New Sources of Early Chinese History: An Introduction to the Reading of Inscriptions and Manuscripts," Early China 23-24 (1998-99), 247-337. It tries to assemble basic information on all known manuscripts - fully published or not - written in Chinese on bamboo, wood, and silk from the pre-imperial to the early imperial period, i.e. roughly from the -3rd to the 3rd c. However, a few other manuscripts written on or inscriptions engraved in stone, bone, or paper from adjacent periods have also been included."
    Description: An annotated bibliographic database in two parts. The first part, "Sites", is a list of sites where manuscript materials have been found. Entries in this part contain the following information: Serial Number; Site; Report; Discovery date; Period; Whereabouts; Distribution; Total pieces; Total graphs. The second part, "Manuscripts", gives more details about the objects themselves: Serial Number; Contents; Material; Pieces; Size; Graphs; Script; Reproductions/Transcriptions; Remarks.
    Resource suggested by Matthias Arnold, Heidelberg University, Germany.
    Added 02 May 2004 (HL)

  8. Very useful
    China History (Paleolithic to Qing Dynasty) (East Asian Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
    Language: English.
    Supplied note: "Built on the work of Bob Felsing and his CEAL directory on Chinese History, this page is an important starting point for on-line resources on Chinese history up to 1644."
    Description: Useful list of good resources for an enormous time period.
    Site contents: Contents: (1) Prehistory; (2) Xia Dynasty; (3) Shang Dynasty; (4) Zhou Dynasty; (5) Qin Dynasty; (6) Han Dynasty; (7) Three Kingdoms; (8) Jin Dynasty; (9) Southern/Northern Dynasties; (10) Sui Dynasty; (11) Tang Dynasty; (12) Five Dynasties; (13) Liao Dynasty; (14) Song Dynasty; (15)Yuan Dynasty; (16) Ming Dynasty.
    Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (17 Dec 2000) by Ken Klein (Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA).
    Added 15 Jun 2001 (ST)

  9. Very useful
    Teaching the Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology (National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA)
    Language: English.
    Description: Teaching materials for the exhibition "The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from The People's Republic of China". This is a very useful site for educators and students of Chinese archaeology. The gallery of images, chronology and the pronunciation guide are particularly helpful.
    Site contents: (1) Objects and Commentary (Late Prehistoric China; Bronze Age China; Chu and Other Cultures; Early Imperial China); (2) Teaching Activities; (3) Resources; (4) Chronology; (5) Pronunciation Guide/Glossary.
    Added 27 Feb 2001 (ST)

  10. Useful
    Chinese Cultural Studies: Images - Archaeology (Paul Halsall, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY, USA)
    Language: English.
    Description: A collection of pictures containing: (1) "Peking Man" - early human remains; (2) Longshan remains; (3) Yangshao remains; (4) Xia remains; (5) Shang Oracle Bones; (6) Archeological Excavations at Qin Site; (7) Tomb of First Emperor at Xi'an.
    Added/revised on 01.10.1998 (HL)

  11. Useful
    Regional Lifeways and Cultural Remains in the Northern Corridor: Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project (The Chifeng Collaborative Archaeological Research Project (CICARP))
    Language: English.
    Self description: "For many decades Chinese archaeologists have been interested in the ancient peoples who lived along and beyond the Great Wall in a region called the beifang, or Northern Corridor. . . Our goal is to put into regional context the relevant archaeological materials already accumulated from burials and caches and, by using regional survey methods followed by test excavations, to systematically investigate the emergence of pastoralism in our targeted area near Chifeng, Inner Mongolia."
    Description: Detailed information on an archaeological research programme in the Chifeng region complete with images of excavations, locations and artefacts. The site also outlines socio-political change in the region over thousands of years, from Early Neolithic cultures to the Han Dynasty.
    Site contents: Introduction, The Project, Theoretical and Methodological Implications, The Research Area, Xinglongwa and Zhaobaogou, Hongshan and Xiaoheyan, Lower Xiajiadian, Upper Xiajiadian, Warring States to Han, Future Field Seasons.
    Added 07 Jan 2002 (ST)

  12. Useful
    Yi-Luo River Collaborative Archaeological Survey (Yi-Luo River Collaborative Archaeological Survey)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "This project aims to articulate processes underlying the evolution of ancient societies in the Yi-Luo River valley, western Henan province, where the earliest Chinese states emerged. The primary investigation uses regional archaeological survey to investigate changing settlement patterns. This survey is integrated with geo-archaeological, ethnobotanical and ethnozoological studies. The data collected is being used to assess changes in population, environmental parameters, land use and agricultural production."
    Description: Well-designed site outlining archaeological survey programme in western Henan Province. Methodological information provided, together with aerial photographs marked with resulting sites from Peligang to Zhou periods.
    Site contents: Introduction, Survey Area, Survey Team, Field Strategy, Lab Work, Results, Links, Home.
    Added 7 Jan 2002 (ST)

  13. Interesting
    A Virtual Archaeological Expedition in China (The Field Museum, Chicago, USA)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "You can virtually join "Feinman in China," an archaeological field expedition in Shandong, China. In his sixth year of fieldwork, Dr. Gary Feinman, chair of The Field Museum's anthropology department, will send electronic updates about a Chinese and American archaeological team's work to investigate the origins of early civilization more than 4,000 years ago."
    Description: This site consists of a set of archived messages and images that record a recent field survey expedition in China. Interesting methodological case study for students and educators.
    Site contents: (1) Meet Dr. Gary Feinman; (2) The Expedition; (3) Archived Field Updates; (4) Featured Expedition Photos.
    Added 23 Apr 2001 (ST)

  14. Interesting
    Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan (Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA )
    Language: English.
    Supplied note: "'Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan' - In a major collaboration between the State of Washington and the People's Republic of China, the Seattle Art Museum presents an exhibition that features a stunning archaeological discovery of a lost world. These works give voice to ancient China, but they present more questions than they answer. This web site is a virtual way for visitors to explore the questions online and post their own theories."
    Description: This site includes a catalogue of artefacts, a video of excavation at Sanxingdui, interviews with archaeologists and online discussion groups on a series of related topics.
    Site contents: Artefacts from Sanxingdui, Zhou and Han sites in Sichuan province.
    Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (30 May 2001) by Newell Ann Van Auken (Univ. of Washington, USA).
    Added 15 Jun 2001 (ST)

  15. 9,000-year-old bone flutes from China (Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY, USA)
    Language: English.
    Resource type: Study.
    Self description: "Researchers in China have uncovered what might be the oldest playable musical instrument. Their work is described in a paper published in the September 23 issue of the scientific journal Nature. Recent excavations at the early Neolithic site of Jiahu, located in Henan province, China, have yielded six complete bone flutes between 7,000 and 9,000 years old. Fragments of approximately 30 other flutes were also discovered. The flutes may be the earliest complete, playable, tightly-dated, multinote musical instruments."
    Site contents: (1) Picture of the flutes (also available: a high-resolution JPG file of the photo [3.5 MB]); (2) Two sound files with sections from the Chinese Folk Song Xiao Bai Cai (The Little Cabbage); (3) Link to a Brookhaven press release with contact information etc.
    Added/revised on 13 Oct 1999 (HL)

  16. Interesting
    China's First Female Archaeologist (People's Daily, PR China)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "Without Zheng Zhenxiang, the tomb dating back to the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC) would not have been unearthed in 1976 in the city of Anyang in central China's Henan Province. Zheng is the first female archeological research fellow of new China, which was founded in 1949, and she has spent 36 years excavating the Yin Ruins, the ancient capital of the Shang Dynasty, buried under Anyang."
    Description: Profile of Zheng Zhenxiang, who discovered the tomb of Fu Hao.
    Added 15 Jun 2001 (ST)

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