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"The Archaeology of Ancient China" by Kwang-Chih Chang. Yale University Press.

Hardcover with dust jacket, 535 pages, includes appendices & index. 3rd edition, revised & enlarged.

In very good condition, other than minor pencil notes inside cover.

Many photos, maps, and diagrams.


The prehistory and the formation process of Chinese civilisation have long been of interest to world historians. But there can be no firmly entrenched views of these topics since much of our understanding of ancient China is based on archaeological data. New evidence has been coming to light continually in recent years, & so the development of Chinese civilisation must constantly be reviewed.

K.C. Chang presents his thesis of an indigenous development of Chinese civilisation - from its beginning in the nuclear area of North China to its extension toward the north & the south - & reconstructed human culture in China from the primitive farmers to the early historic periods.

This book extends this theory of the development of Chinese civilisation to new horizons & evaluates the latest information that has become available - in particular, the radiocarbon dates announced since 1972 & the important discoveries made outside the nuclear area. He sees three parallel regional centres of early farmers in China. All were ancestral to the historical Ch'in and Han civilisations.

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