Topic ID #37698 - posted 11/30/2016 5:07 PM

China: Yangguanzhai Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

The prehistoric village of Yangguanzhai (YGZ) dates to the Middle to Late Yangshao period (4,000-3,000 BCE), and it is one of the largest of its kind. The site is located in the Jing River Valley, approximately 25 kilometers north of the ancient city of Xi’an in northwest China. YGZ has a moat, a row of cave dwellings, subterranean houses, child urn-burials, and extensive pottery kilns. In the coming 2017 season, the project will plan to continue working in the northeast portion of the site. There are multiple possible excavations that we may undertake including: refuse pits, a potential large building, and the cemetery adjacent to the settlement. In addition, students will gain experience in experimental archaeology and will make pottery knives, as they were found in large number at the site. In order to gain a better understanding of the overall settlement system of the region, we will have lectures and discussions about Neolithic Shaanxi and China, and may also conduct survey work at the nearby Neolithic site of Huiduipo.

Program Directors: Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen, Dr. Zhouyong Sun, Dr. Brett Kaufma, Dr. Ye Wa 
Course Dates: June 18-July 15, 2017
Application Deadline: June 16, 2017
Tuition: $4,200
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units

Accommodations: During the first week of the field school, students will live in a student dormitory at Xibei University in the city of Xi’an. While in the field, students will reside at the Wufulinmen Hotel near the site. Meals: Food is provided Monday to Saturday (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Students are responsible for their own meals on Sundays. All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet in north China is heavily based on rice, noodles, and vegetables. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may find options fairly limited, and should be prepared to be flexible when eating the local food, or should bring supplemental food (e.g. protein bars) if they think it will be necessary.

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