Currently we’re looking into the possibilites of going to China later this year or in 2011 to visit the excavations at Xi’po in Henan, when they start up again, and going to Ganzu to follow in the foot steps of Johan Gunnar Andersson.
In February we met with the with the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities to discuss future projects, such as some soil samples collected by Johan Gunnar Andersson in China during excavations in the 1920’s. We also were invited and went on a conference in London arranged by Museo Arti Primarie (MAP a.k.a. the Museum of Primary Art) at British museum.
During the spring we’ve worked on an article for the Swedish-Chinese association’s periodical Kinarapport 2010/02 called Yangshao – bilder från det förflutna (Yangshao – pictures from the past). That was published in June (in Swedish).
2009 became somewhat of slow year for the project due to our regular jobs, but we’ve kept up with our contacts around the world.
Magnus Reuterdahl wrote a review for Fornvännen (in English) on the book Archaeology in the east and the west. Papers presented at the Sino-Sweden Archaeology forum, Beijing, in September 2005. English edition. Ed. Anders Kaliff. Riksantikvarieämbetet. Stockholm 2007.302 pp. ISBN 978-91-7209-469-7.
Magnus Reuterdahl wrote an article for the Swedish Osteological associations periodical – Benbiten (Bone fragment), published in 2007 /01 and 2007/02. To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project
The Yangshao project was started in 2003 by archaeologist Johan Klange and archaeologist/osteoarchaeologist Magnus Reuterdahl, at the time students at Stockholm University. The project aims to build a base for a widened interest regarding Chinese archaeology in general and the Neolithic Yangshao culture in particular.
There were several reasons that made us choose the Yangshao culture. One reason was that we had some previous knowledge about the Yangshao culture. Another reason is that the Yangshao was discovered by a Swede, Johan Gunnar Andersson, in 1921, therefore one of the finest collections of Yangshao artefacts outside of China is to be found in Sweden at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities.
During January 2006 we went on our first field trip to China as part of an exchange betweenStockholm University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). We spent two and a half weeks in Beijing where we attended the Chinese Archaeological forum 2005 and CASS annual archaeological conference 2006 we also visited CASS archaeological laboratory. We also travelled a few of the provinces, Henan and Shaanxi, for one week and a half week. Among the Yangshao sites visited was Banpo and Dahecun. During this first trip we learned a great deal regarding contemporary Chinese archaeology and osteologi and we got some good connections and friends.
During 2006 we have worked together with the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University exploring the possibilities of future exchange for students and researchers with CASS.
In 2007 a delegation from Stockholm University consisting of the head of the department for Archaeology Anders Andrén, the head of the osteological research laboratory Jan Storå, Johan Klange and Magnus Reuterdahl went to China. The delegation visited
China during the period 25/3-8/4 2007. During this trip we visited Beijing and CASS archaeological institute for a few days and then went to the Henan province. In Henan we visited Zhengzhou and Luoyang where we met with representatives of the local Academies, among others Dr. Ma Xiaolin. Thereafter professors Andrén and Storå went back to Beijing for further discussions with CASS while Johan and I continued our travels to Sanmenxia where we visited the Yangshao sites of Xi’po and Yangshao cun.
The project continues. We are working together with the department of Archaeology at Stockholm University with a pilot project aiming to send students to China on excavations. We are also working in cooperation with the department in hope of creating an Asian Forum or conference regarding Asian archaeology.
The Yangshao project