Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Archaeology and the Chinese Public: From The Case of "Cao Cao Mausoleum"

Archaeology and the Chinese Public
—from the case of “Cao Cao Mausoleum”

Tao Wang
Associate Professor of Archaeology
Chinese Academy of Sciences


Saturday, Feb 19, 2010
Graduate Community Center (GCC), Nairobi Room
750 Escondido Road (

Working language: Chinese

Outline of the talk:
In recent years, China has manifested series of monumental archaeological discoveries. When the Chinese public is becoming more and more interested in cultural heritage conservation, a number of archaeological projects attracted enormous public attention. One such example is the excavation of the “Cao Cao Mausoleum" in Anyang, Henan Province, which aroused excitement as well as huge controversies. In this talk, Prof. Wang from Department of Archaeological Science at the Chinese Academy of Sciences will introduce the basic principles and work process of archaeology, and the recent development of archaeological science. He will also analyze the controversies and myths around the “Cao Cao Mausoleum” from the perspective of a professional archaeologist.

About the Speaker:


Tao Wang is Associate Professor at the Department of Scientific Archaeology, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his B.A. and M.A. in archaeology from Northwestern University, China. He received his Ph.D. in archaeology from Beijing University. His research focuses on the pre-historical archaeology of China. He specializes in pottery analysis. Currently, he is visiting scholar at the Stanford Archaeology Center.

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