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The 'Crescent-Shaped Cultural-Communication Belt': Tong Enzheng's Model in Retrospect : Tong Enzheng's Model in Retrospect - Anke Hein

The 'Crescent-Shaped Cultural-Communication Belt': Tong Enzheng's Model in Retrospect

Tong Enzheng's Model in Retrospect

By: Anke Hein (Editor)


Published: 25th November 2014
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The notion of a "crescent-shaped cultural-communication belt" stretching from Northeast China and Korea along the Tibetan borderlands all the way to Yunnan stands as the late Tong Enzheng's most-cited contribution to the Chinese archaeological discourse (Tong Enzheng 1987). In the 1980s, suggesting such long-distance contact was a bold move. At the time, Chinese and Western scholars alike were afraid of being accused of diffusionistic tendencies in their work, and they thus mostly decided to concentrate on local developments. Only in recent years has it again become acceptable and even desirable to discuss far-reaching exchange networks. Interestingly, the emerging scholarship on such topics has some noticeable lacunae. Discussions on China's long distance contacts, for instance, focus mostly on steppe connections and Western influences on the cultures of the Central Plains. By contrast, material from Southwest China has received much less attention and has but rarely been mentioned in connection with Northeast China; neither have Tong Enzheng's considerable theoretical contributions to the understanding of culture contact and cultural exchange received the consideration they deserve. While Tong Enzheng remains a household name to anyone working in the Southwest, in other parts of China his work is less well known, and even though Tong still carries some name recognition outside of China, few scholars are fully aware of his important contributions. This volume stems from the session "Reconsidering the Crescent-Shaped Exchange Belt - Methodological, Theoretical and Material Concerns of Long-Distance Interactions in East Asia Thirty Years after Tong Enzheng" held at the Fifth World Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA), held in Fukuoka (Japan) in 2012. The papers collected in the present volume touch on four main topics: Tong Enzheng's life and research, and his place within the development of modern Chinese archaeology; recent developments in the archaeology of Southwest China; material traces and geographic, cultural, and historical preconditions of possible movements and inter-group contacts along Tong's crescent shaped cultural-communication belt; and theoretical and methodological issues in the study of culture contacts and cultural exchange, and of their reflections in the material record.

Introduction: Diffusionism, Migration, and the Archaeology of the Chinese Border Regions (Anke Hein); The Life and Work of Tong Enzheng (Lothar von Falkenhausen); Rethinking the Crescent-Shaped Cultural-Contact Belt (Lu Hongliang and Zha Xiaoying); The Site of Karuo and the Emergence of Agriculture on the Tibetan Plateau (Li Yongxian); Emergence of Neolithic Communities on the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau: Evidence from the Zongri Cultural Sites (Ling-yu Hung, Jianfeng Cui, and Honghai Chen); The Emergence and Chronology of Early Bronzes on the Eastern Rim of the Tibetan Plateau (Kazuo Miyamoto); Metal, Salt, and Horse Skulls: Elite-Level Exchange and Long-Distance Human Movement in Prehistoric Yanyuan (Southwest China) (Anke Hein); Spiral Handle and Three-Pronged Guard: Stylistic or Technical Traits? (Tzehuey Chiou-Peng); The Site of Haimenkou: New Research on the Chronology of the Early Bronze Age in Yunnan (Li Kunsheng and Min Rui); Early Subsistence Practices at Prehistoric Dadunzi in Yuanmou, Yunnan: New Evidence for the Origins of Early Agriculture in Southwest China (Jin Hetian, Liu Xu, Min Rui, Li Xiaorui, and Wu Xiaohong); Author Biographies

ISBN: 9781407313238
ISBN-10: 1407313231
Series: BAR International
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 143
Published: 25th November 2014
Publisher: BAR Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.69 x 21.01  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.51