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Asia - Yangguanzhai Project, China - 2012
Archaeology Field School Location and DatesApplication Deadline
Start Date 2012-06-17
End Date 2012-07-21
Multiple Sessions No
Archaeology Field School Location
Archaeology Field School Tuition and CreditsSponsoring College/Institution
UCLA, Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology, Institute for Field Research, California State University Northridge
8 semester credit units from California State University Northridge
Archaeology Field School Tuition
$4,950 CSU System students; $5,100 all others
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
all inclusive; Food is provided Monday- Saturday (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Students are responsible for their own meals on Sundays.
Archaeology Field School Description
The Yangguanzhai Neolithic site in the Wei River Valley was discovered in 2004. The subsequent excavation of 17,000 square meters revealed rich deposits of Neolithic houses, storage pits, ceramic kilns, children’s burials, and such features as a moat and trash pit. Artifacts found at the site include both decorated and undecorated pottery, stone tools, and various ornaments made of stone, ceramic, bone, and shell. Located in the central area of what archeologists call the Yangshao Culture Miaodigou Phase, Yangguanzhai will provide essential information to our knowledge of Neolithic settlement, social organization, economic, and perhaps ritual activities. This five to six thousand years old “moat-surrounded settlement” has been designated one of the “Most Important Archaeology Find of 2008” in China. Located in the area from which the earliest Chinese dynasties emerged, the site will provide vital insight into the prehistoric Chinese past.
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Directors and Instructors
Dr. Ye Wa (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Research Associate at the University of California, Los Angeles. With a B.A. from Northwest University in Xi’an and a Ph.D. in archeology from UCLA, she has worked in China and in the US on various archaeological projects.
Will there be additional organized activities?
Two excursions are planned as part of the course. 1) A field trip to the Museum of Terracotta Soldiers and Horses (tomb of the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site ) and the Yangling Museum in week 1. 2) A further weekend trip to nearby archaeological sites will be arranged during weeks 2 -5.
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