Anthropology Students Travel to China

Posted on 8/6/2018 1:28:18 PM

In June 2018, nine IUP students spent three weeks in mainland China as participants in Francis Allard’s course “Archaeology in China.”

One of Francis Allard's students on the Great Wall of ChinaThe trip was an opportunity to visit several famous and lesser known archaeological and historic sites, many of which had already been introduced in Allard’s spring semester course “The Archaeology of Ancient China” (ANTH 333). The group traveled by train to seven cities (Hangzhou, Xi’an, Luoyang, Anyang, Beijing, Changsha, and Guangzhou), each of which served as the base for travel to sites and museums within and outside the city.

Located in north, central, and southern China, the sites included (among others) the Peking Man site of Zhoukoudian (ca. half a million years ago), the early villages of Hemudu and Banpo (fifth and fourth millennia BC), the Shang dynasty capital of Yinxu (ca. 1200 BC), the Qin dynasty terracotta army near Xi’an (ca. 200 BC), the Han dynasty tomb of Lady Dai in Changsha (second century BC), the Nanyue kingdom palace and royal tomb in Guangzhou (second century BC), the Buddhist caves at Longmen (fifth and 12th century AD), the Tang dynasty Big Goose pagoda in Xi’an (seventh century AD), the Great Wall at Mutianyu (16th century AD), and the Qing dynasty Forbidden City in Beijing (15th–20th century AD).

Along with visits to well-known archaeological and historical sites, the students also met with local archaeologists and were given access to research and storage facilities at various sites and museums which are normally closed to the public.

Francis Allard and his students at the Bell Tower in Xi’an

Department of Anthropology