Hwang Ming-chorng - Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; and Visiting Fellow, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University (Fall 2005)
This talk will focus on a chariot complex unearthed in Baode county in Shanxi province in China. It argues that the Baode finding can shed new light on many bronze objects excavated in Anyang and collected by the major museums in the United States, Europe and Japan. Some of them reveal a clear Eastern Eurasian origin; some manifest the adaptation of steppe artifacts in the agricultural zone; others exhibit the unmistakable Chinese insignia. Together, these objects illustrate the exciting intercultural relationship between the Eastern Eurasian steppe and China in the late 2nd millennium BCE.