Mapping Qijiaping: New Work on the Type-Site of the Qijia Culture (2300–1500 B.C.) in Gansu Province, China

Andrew Womack, Yitzchak Jaffe, Jing Zhou, Ling yu Hung, Hui Wang, Shuicheng Li, Pochan Chen, Rowan Flad

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Recent work at the Qijia Culture type-site of Qijiaping in the Tao River valley of Gansu Province, China, has shed light on the complex nature of this early Bronze Age site. Situated at the intersection between the mixed pastoralists of eastern central Asia and the agriculturalists of China’s northern Central Plain, Qijia peoples absorbed, evolved, and transmitted products and technologies that shaped cultural developments in both directions. The Tao River Archaeological Project (TRAP) used a combination of surface survey, geophysics, digital mapping, and targeted excavation to expand our understanding of the multicomponent nature of Qijiaping. This included identifying potential habitation, mortuary, and production locales; examining site-wide ceramic use; mapping anomalies through geophysics; and further exploring these through targeted excavations. The results have expanded our knowledge of the site structure of Qijiaping and its place in the wider Qijia interaction sphere, while also confirming the usefulness of this methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-502
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Early Bronze Age
  • GIS
  • Qijia culture
  • magnetometry
  • northwest China
  • surface survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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