Ancient Central China: Centers and Peripheries Along the Yangzi River

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-21
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Ancient Central China provides an up-to-date synthesis of archaeological discoveries in the upper and middle Yangzi River region of China, including the Three Gorges Dam reservoir zone. It focuses on the Late Neolithic (late third millennium BC) through the end of the Bronze Age (late first millennium BC) and considers regional and interregional cultural relationships in light of anthropological models of landscape. Rowan K. Flad and Pochan Chen show that centers and peripheries of political, economic, and ritual activities were not coincident, and that politically peripheral regions such as the Three Gorges were crucial hubs in interregional economic networks, particularly related to prehistoric salt production. The book provides detailed discussions of recent archaeological discoveries and data from the Chengdu Plain, Three Gorges, and Hubei to illustrate how these various components of regional landscape were configured across Central China.

Table of Contents

Introduction: centers and peripheries in the ancient Yangzi River Valley
Setting the Stage:
The environment of Central China
Historiography and the topography of research: a history of archaeology in Central China
Political and Cultural Topographies:
The Sichuan Basin: Shu and its predecessors
The Middle Yangzi: the archaeology and history of Chu and its predecessors
Periphery at the center: the Ba and archaeological cultures in the Three Gorges
Topographies of Economic Activity and Ritual:
Economic topographies: production, exchange, and the integrating role of salt
Ritual topographies: sacrifice and divination
Ritual topographies: burials and social identity
Conclusion: landscapes of interaction and the interaction of landscapes
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