I Osteologiska föreningens tidskrift Benbiten publicerades i första numret för året min artikel om Yangshao projektet, då denna blev lite lång valde vi att dela upp den i bitar, vid tillfälle framöver kommer jag att publicera artikeln här på bloggen men det får vänta tills efter nästa nummer, dvs. någon gång i höst.
Artikeln har titeln ”To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project. I numret finns också en kort rapport rörande vår senaste resa under titeln ”Yangshao projektets resa nummer 2”.
En ”teaser” ges dock här; Ni som har följt bloggen kommer att känna igen er i innehållet i artikelns inledning.
To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project.
In 1921 Johan Gunnar Andersson excavated the settlement at Yangshao cun and found the first traces of the Chinese neolithic. Some of the finds became the foundation of the collections at the Museum of Far East antiquities in Stockholm. One of the finest collections of Yangshao artifacts outside of China.
The initial steps in forming the Yangshao-project started in 2003 by myself and fellow student Johan Klange. In 2003 the department of Archaeology, Stockholm University (SU), was visited by a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Archaeological institute. The visitors were Mr. Liu Qingzhu, Dr. Yuan Jing and Dr. Chen Xingcan. At this time an exchange program between CASS and SU became known to us and with the help and support from associate professor Ingmar Jansson of the Department of Archaeology and Classical studies at SU and Dr. Jan Storå, at the Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory (OFL) at the same department we created a research plan and an application for the exchange. During this period and forth we also have had a lot of help from Tom Morell, international liaison at the Research Liaison Office, SU.
All in all this led to the possibility for Johan Klange and me to participate in an exchange during January 2006 between the CASS and SU. During this exchange we visited the Archaeological Institute at CASS and its archaeological laboratory in Beijing, among others, to do research on the Neolithic Yangshao culture (Klange & Reuterdahl 2006). This article is the first regarding our project and the research that we have made, Johan Klange is currently working on another that is more focused on other issues than bones, among them long distance cultural exchange of ideas and the ritual landscape.
The Yangshao culture was selected for several reasons. Partly we had some previous knowledge about the culture and partly due to the fact that there are clear connections to Sweden through the collections at the museum of Far East antiquities and researchers such as Johan Gunnar Andersson (1874-1960), Folke Bergman (1902-1946), and Sven Hedin (1865-1952) among others.
The article will be published on the blog in its full length at a later date due to the fact that it has been divided into two parts in the Swedish Osteological Society’s periodical Benbiten. When the article has been published there in its full format it will be made available on-line on this blog, sometime this fall.