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Joint Sino-British Workshop on Environmental Archaeology

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 16th-18th July 2018

Excavations within the cave of Fodongi in southwest China are providing novel insights into the sophisticated use of plants and animals over the past 17,000 years, twice as far back as the beginnings of agriculture.   These were among the principal findings reported to an international workshop at the McDonald Institute last month.

Eight scholars from institutions in Beijing and Kunming were hosted at the Institute for the three-day workshop on Environmental Archaeology. It formed part of the Leverhulme Trust funded ‘Crops, Pollinators and People’ project led by Prof. Martin Jones and Dr Harriet Hunt. We also welcomed collaborators from the University of Bristol, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Needham Research Institute.

Research presentations by both Chinese and British participants  were followed by a discussion of  palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and subsistence strategies in southwestern China in the late Pleistocene and early Holocene periods. We looked ahead to future collaborations between Cambridge and China, which Martin Jones and Harriet Hunt will be following up in China in autumn 2018. 

All participants enjoyed a formal dinner in Darwin College following the workshop, and our Chinese guests were given a tour of the Needham Research Institute by the Director, Prof. Jianjun Mei, before leaving Cambridge.

We thank the Leverhulme Trust (grant no: RPG-2017-196), the University of Cambridge, the National Basic Research Program of China (grant no: 2015CB953803) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no: 41730319) for financially supporting this event.

 

Dinner at Darwin College

Dinner at Darwin College

Fodongdi cave

Fodongdi cave

 

Presentation by Dr Qing Yang

Presentation by Dr Qing Yang

Buckbee workshop discussion

Buckbee workshop discussion

Buckbee workshop group at the McDonald Institute

Buckbee workshop group at the

McDonald Institute