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Final Report at Daxinzhuang

by Hui Fang

The grant will be focused on the publication of excavation final report at Daxinzhuang site in the year of 2003, which will be published by Cultural Relics Press in Beijing. The report is being written by the members of excavation team: Professor Hui FANG (the excavation leader), Associate Professor Xuexiang CHEN, Phd candidate Mr. Jianfeng LANG, and Qian YANG (Phd Candidate). Other contributions will be Yanbo SONG (fauna expert), Zhengyao JIN (bronze component researcher), Jian ZHU and Juzhong Zhang (stoneware experts), and so on.

Daxinzhuang site, well-known for its rich remains belong to Shang Dynasty of Bronze Age of China, is located in the suburb of Jinan City, the capital of Shandong province in Eastern China, at 36°4267 (Lat.)- 117°0636(Long.). It is the largest site of Shang Dynasty we know so far in the province, with its core size over 400,000 square meters. The site was discovered in the year of 1935 by an English scholar, Mr. F. S. Drake, when he was a professor in Cheeloo University (one of the predecessors of our Shandong University) in Jinan. Professor Drake published two reconnaissance reports about his survey. The site had been paid great attention by archaeologists because its important remains such as bronzes and oracle bones. From 1950s to 1970s, archaeologists from our university and local archaeological institute carried out survey and test excavation for several times, and three brief reports were published. It was in the fall of 1984 our university took a big scale excavation. One brief report and several papers had come out on different journals in 1990s, and the final report of the digging was published on the Journal of Dongfang Kaogu issue No.4 in 2006. The main contribution of the excavation is that it offered a nearly whole   chronology of pottery, and the chronology is not only for the site, but also covering large area of northern Shandong province. All of the results gave us a great foundation for excavation in 2003, for which we focus on much wider ranges beyond chronology issues such as environment and social facts.


Pu An Qiao Site普安桥遗址, a Sino-Japanese project of a Neolithic Liangzhu culture settlement in the late1990s. Ling Quin 2013