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Prof. Gideon Shelach

 

Louis Freiberg Professor of East Asian Studies, Department of East Asia Studies, The Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905, Israel

Tel. 972-2-5883569; fax 972-2-5883703

Kuang Yaming Visiting Professor, Department of Archaeology, Jilin University, China.

 

Research Interests and Projects:

 

  • The Archaeology of China with special emphasis on the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Northeast China.
  • Intercultural interaction and the genesis of local identities in China during the pre-imperial era.
  • Current field research: Co-PI of the Archaeological field project, The Origins of Agriculture and Sedentary Community in Northeast China. (The Hebrew University, Jilin University, Liaoning Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology) in Western Liaoning province, China. The genesis of the Qin state and empire (with Dr. Yuri Pines).
  • Co-PI of the Archaeological field project, The Origins of Agriculture and Sedentary Community in Northeast China. (The Hebrew University, Jilin University, Liaoning Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology) in Western Liaoning province, China. Co-PI, Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project (University of Pittsburgh, Jilin University, Hebrew University) in the Chifeng area, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. the project combines the regional survey of areas not yet covered with test excavations and the mapping of sites. In addition,  the researchers conduct geological work and reconstruct the paleo environment of this region in an attempt to understand the local trajectory of socio-political changes. (http://www.pitt.edu/~chifeng/)

 

 

Higher Education

 

 

 

  • 1996-1997, Post-Doctorate, Lady Davis fellow, Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University.
  • 1994-1995. Ph.D. dissertation research, Peking University, Beijing, and archaeological field work in the Chifeng area, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
  • 1991-1996, Ph.D. in Chinese Archaeology, Department of Anthropology and Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Graduation August 1996.
  • 1990-1991, Student Exchange Program for Chinese Studies, Southwest China Teachers University, Chongqing, Sichuan, China.
  • 1986-1989, BA, Departments of Archaeology and East Asian Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Cum Laude.

 

 

Research Grants

 

1998-2003, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant for the Project: Regional Lifeway and Cultural Remains in the Northern Corridor (cooperation with Prof. K. Linduff and Prof. Zhang Zhongpei).
 
2001-2004, Israel Science Foundation grant for the research Social Change and the Rise of Pastoral Economy in Northeast China c. 2200-600 BCE
 
2003 to 2008, NSF award for Chifeng International Archaeological Research Project. Award Number BSC-0106048 (co-PI with K. Linduff and R. Drennan)
 
2009-2011, National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration, Origins of Agriculture and Sedentary Communities in Northeast China
 
2011-2015, Israel Science Foundation grant for the research, The Origins of Agriculture and Sedentary Communities in Northeast China

 

Positions at the Hebrew University

 

 

  • 2007-2010 - Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Humanities
  • 2006 - Director of the Louis Frieberg Center of East Asian Studies
  • 2003 - Chair, Department of East Asian Studies
  • 2000 - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of East Asian Studeis
  • 1997 - Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of East Asian Studies

 

Positions in Other Academic and Research Institutions

 

  • 2004-2005 - Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA.
  • 1997-2004 - Vice President, Society for East Asian Archaeology.

 

 

Other Academic Activity

 

 

  • 2010-2013 - Member of a Scholion Research Group, “Archaeologies of Memory: Founding, Decline and Destruction.”
  • 2008 - Member of the editorial board of Historia (the Journal of the Israeli Historical Society).
  • 2008 - Organizer, (with Yuri Pines), International Workshop, “The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin Revisited.” Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, December 10-19, (co-sponsored by the Israeli Science Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies).
  • 2006 - Organizer (with Michal Biran and Reuven Amitai) International Workshop, “Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change”, June 6-8, 2006. Institute for Advance Study, Jerusalem.
  • 2001 to present - Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of East Asian Archaeology.
  • 2000 - Academic Organizer of Second Worldwide Society for East Asian Archaeology Conference. University of Durham, England.
  • 1998 to present - Co-PI, Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project (University of Pittsburgh, Jilin University, Hebrew University) in the Chifeng area, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. 

 

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years:

 

Bachelor's degree courses:

Master's degree courses:

 

 

List of Publications:

 

 

 

 

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

 

 

“The Emergence of Complex Society in Northeast China from the Fourth to the First Millennia B.C.: A Perspective from the Chifeng Area in Inner Mongolia.” Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh. Advisor: Professor Katheryn M. Linduff.

 

Books

 

2015 - Shelach, G. The Archaeology of Ancient China: From Prehistory to the Han Dynasty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2012 - Pines, Y. and Shelach, G. Kol Asher mi-takhat le-shamaim: Sin Ha-Keisarit (All under Heaven: Imperial China [in Hebrew]), (Yitzhak Shichor chief editor). Volmue 2: Ha-Keisarut Hamukdement (the Early Imperial Period), Tel-Aviv: The Open University Press. 429pp.

2012 - Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region, (as on of the PIs of the Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project). Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.



2012
- Shelach, G.,中国北方边疆地区史前社, Zhongguo Beibu Bianjiang Diqu de Shiqian Shehui. Beijing: Zhongguo shehui kexue chubanshe (China Social Sciences Press). pp.220.

 

Books Edited


  • 2013 - Yuri Pines , Lothar von Falkenhausen , Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S.Yates , eds . The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin revisited. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • 2011 - Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds., 2011. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh (The final report of the Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project of which I am one of the PIs. 150 pp + electronic access to the full dataset of the Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project: http://www.cadb.pitt.edu/chifeng/index.html).

  • 2003 - The Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project ed. 2003. Regional Archaeology in Eastern Inner Mongolia: A Methodological Exploration, Beijing: Kexue chubanshe. (Also published in Chinese).

 

 

Reviews in:

  • Antiquity 2000 vol. 74: 732-733 (By Gina L. Barnes).
  • American Antiquity 2001 vol. 66 (1): 169-170 (By Sarah M. Nelson).
  • Journal of Anthropological Research 2001 vol. 57: 226-228 (By Yun Kuen Lee)

ARTICLES IN PEER-REFEREED JOURNALS:

 

  • 2014 - Shelach, G. and Y. Jaffe , “The Earliest States in China: A long-Term Trajectory Approach.” Journal of Archaeological Research.

  • 2014 - Teng Mingyu, Gideon Shelach, Wan Xiongfei, Ofer Marder and Ido Wachtel. “Liaoning Fuxin diqu quyuxing kaogu diaocha jieduanxing baogao (2012-2013)” (Report on the Regional Archaeological Survey of the Fuxin area 2012-2013). Beifang Wenwu 2014 (3): 3-10.

  • 2014 - Chen Bo , and G. Shelach , “An Archaeological and Regional Perspective on the Fortified Settlements and the Settlement System in the Northern Zone of the Han Empire (206BCE-220CE).” Antiquity 88: 222-240.


 

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS


  • 2014 - Shelach, G. “Collapse or Transformation? Anthropological and Archaeological Perspectives on the Fall of Qin.” In Yuri Pines, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S.Yates, eds., The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin revisited. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 113-138.

  • 2014 - Lothar von Falkenhausen and G. Shelach. “Archaeological Perspectives on the Qin ‘Unification’ of China.” In Yuri Pines, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S.Yates, eds., The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin revisited. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 37-51.

  • 2013 - Gideon Shelach and Teng Mingyu , “Earlier Neolithic Economic and Social Systems of the Liao River region, Northeast China.” in, Anne Underhill, ed., A Companion to Chinese Archaeology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp. 37-54.

  • 2013 - Shelach, G. “Steppe Land Interactions and their Effects on Chinese Cultures during the Second and Early First Millennia BCE.” In R. Amitai and M. Biran, (eds.), Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change. Hawaii University Press. (19 pp).

  • 2011 - Gideon Shelach , Robert D. Drennan, and Christian E. Peterson, “Absolute Dating”, in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.

  • 2011 - Shelach, G. “I processi di interazione interregionale tra la tarda Età Neolitica e l'inizio dell'Età del Bronzo in Cina, in La Cina” (Interregional Interactions during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze), in M. Scarpari (ed). The Chinese Civilization: from Its Origins to Contemporary Times; Vol. 1, Prehistory and the Roots of Civilization in China. Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore, pp. 489-557.
  • 2011 - Gideon Shelach , Robert D. Drennan, and Christian E. Peterson, “Absolute Dating”, in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.


  • 2011 - Teng Mingyu and Gideon Shelach , “The Natural Environment and Its Modern Exploitation.” in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.

     

  • 2011 - Teng Mingyu and Gideon Shelach , “Climate Change during the Past 10,000 Years.” in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.

  • 2011 - Gideon Shelach and Yoav Avni , “Geomorphology.” in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.


  • 2011 - Gideon Shelach and Teng Mingyu , “The Environmental Basis of Settlement Distribution.” in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.

  • 2011 - Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, “Sequence of Social Change.” in Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project, eds. Settlement Patterns in the Chifeng Region. Pittsburgh: Center for Comparative Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh.

     

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    2010 - Peterson Christian and G. Shelach , “The Evolution of Yangshao Period Village Organization in the Middle Reaches of Northern China’s Yellow River Valley.” In M. S. Bandy and J. R. Fox (eds.), Becoming Villagers, Tucson: Amerind Foundation and the University of Arizona Press, pp. 246-275.

     

     



  • 2005 - Shelach, G. “Early Pastoral Societies of Northeast China: Local Change and Interregional Interaction during c. 1100 to 600 BC”, in R. Amitai and M. Biran, eds. Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Outside World. Brill, Leiden. pp. 15-58.

     

  • 2005 - Pines, Y . and G. Shelach . 2005. “Using the Past to Serve the Present: Comparative Perspectives on Chinese and Western Theories of the Origins of the State” in S. Shaked, ed., Genesis and Regeneration: Essays on Conceptions of Origins, Jerusalem: The Israel Academy of Science and Humanities, pp. 127-163.

     

  • 2004 - Shelach, G. “Evolution or Continuity? Marxist and Post-Marxist Paradigms for Gender Archaeology of the Chinese Neolithic Period” in K. Linduff and Sun Yan, eds. Gender and Chinese Archaeology. Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, pp. 11-27. (A Chinese translateion of this paer appear in: Xinbie yanjiu yu zhonggou kaoguxue. Kexue chubanshe, Beijing. 2006. Pp. 3-14.) (also published in Chinese, the entire book was translated and published by Beijing: Kexue chubanshe. 2006)

     

     

     

     


  • 2003 - Teng Mingyu , Ta La , Zhu Yanping , Guo Zhizhong , G. Shelach , R.D. Drennan , K. Linduff . “Changing Patterns of Settlement Distribution in the Chifeng Region”, in The Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project ed. Regional Archaeology in Eastern Inner Mongolia: A Methodological Exploration, Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, pp. 107-121. (also published in Chinese)

     

  • 2003 - Drennan, R.D. , Teng Mingyu , C.E. Pitterson , G. Shelach , G.I. Indrisano , Zhu Yanping , K. Linduff , Guo Zhizhong , M.A. Roman-Lacayo . “Methods for Archaeological Settlement Study”, in The Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project ed. Regional Archaeology in Eastern Inner Mongolia: A Methodological Exploration, Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, pp. 122-151. (also published in Chinese)

  • 2003 - Drennan, R.D. , C.E. Pitterson G.I. Indrisano , Teng Mingyu , G. Shelach , Zhu Yanping , K. Linduff , Guo Zhizhong . 2003. “Approaches to Regional Demographic Reconstruction”, in The Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project ed. Regional Archaeology in Eastern Inner Mongolia: A Methodological Exploration, Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, pp. 152-165. (also published in Chinese)

  • 2003 - Shelach, G. , and the Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project, “Using and Improving Regional Analysis”, in The Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project ed. Regional Archaeology in Eastern Inner Mongolia: A Methodological Exploration, Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, pp. 166-173. (also published in Chinese)

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews and other Publications

 

 

  • 2008 - “Neolithic Cultures” a chapter in China: The World's Oldest Living Civilization Revealed. John Makeham (ed.). London : Thames & Hudson.
  • 2008 - Shelach Gideon and Yuri Pines. "The Xia Dynasty," "The Shang Dynasty," and "The Zhou Dynasty." chapters, in China: The World's Oldest Living Civilization Revealed. John Makeham (ed.). London : Thames & Hudson.
  • 2008 - "Book review: Landscape and Power in Early China: The Crisis and Fall of the Western Zhou 1045-771 BC, by Li Feng", The Journal of Asian Studies, 67 (1): 281-284.
  • 2005 - “Book Review: The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C. – A.D. 907, by Charles Holcombe”, Asian Perspectives, 44 (2): 381-383.
  • 2002 - Shelach, G. and F. Allard. 2002. "Guest Editors' Preface to the Special Section" (with F. Allard), Journal of East Asian Archeology. 3 (3-4): iii-ix.

  • 2002 - “Book Review: The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Peoples of Eastern Central Asia. Mair, Victor. H. (ed), Washington D.C., Institute for the Study of Man, 1998” Journal of East Asian Archeology. 4 (1-4):
  • 2001 - "Guest Editors' Preface to the Special Section" (with F. Allard), Journal of East Asian Archeology. 3 (3-4): iii-ix.
  • 2001 - “Early Xiajiadian culture”, “late Xiajiadian culture”, entries for Encyclopedia of Prehistory, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, New-York, 25-31; 127-131.
  • 1998 - “Book Review: The Archaeology of Northeast China: Beyond the Great Wall. S.M. Nelson (ed.), London and New York: Routledge,  1995”, Journal of Asian Studies. 57(3): 858-859.

 

 

 

Papers and Conferences

  

  • 2014. “The Archaeology of Globalization in East Asia”, European Association of Archaeology, Istanbul, September 10-15.
  • 2014. “The Missing Link of the Agricultural Revolution: A View from Northeast China”, Harvard, Standing Committee on Archaeology Lecture, March 4.

  • 2014. “Did the Late Bronze Age Societies of China Collapse?” The 20th Congress of the Indo - Pacific Archaeology Association, Seam Reap, Cambodia, January 12 to 18.

 

  • 2012. “The Rise, Decline and Transformation of Early Regional States in China.” Analyzing Collapse: Destruction, Collapse and Memory”, International conference held at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, December 10-16
  • 2011. “Who Eat My Acorn? On Acorn Consumption and the Beginning of Agriculture in China.” The 10th Annual Meeting of Asian Studies in Israel, Jerusalem, May 24-26, 2011.

  • 2010. “Long-Range Interaction, Economic Change and Identity Formation: Archaeological Perspectives on Prehistoric Societies on the Northern Frontiers of China.” Invited lecture at the Department of Archaeology, Leiden University, 18.3.

  • 2010. “On Memory and Objects.”, The Annual Tong Enzheng Memorial Lecture, The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University, 8.4.

  • 2010. “Memory, Amnesia and the Formation of Identity Symbols in China.” The 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), St. Louis, USA. April 14-18, 2010.
  • 2009. “Settlement Patterns, Environmental Condition and the Beginning of Agriculture and Sedentary Life-Way in Northeast China.” International Symposium On Environmental and Social Changes in Ancient China, Shandong University, China, 15-19 October 2009.


  • 2008. “From the Younger Dryas to the Yellow River: The Relevancy of West Asian Correlations between Environmental Change and the Beginnings of Agriculture for an Understanding of East Asian Prehistory” (With Leore Grosman). The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Vancouver, Canada. March 26 - March 30, 2008

  • 2008. “Ecological Conditions and Changing Patterens of Human Adaptation in the Chifeng Survey Region”, Fourth Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA), Beijing, China, June 2-5.

  • 2008. “Collapse or Transformation? Anthropological and Archaeological Perspectives on the Fall of the Qin”, The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin Revisited. Workshop at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, December 10-19, 2008.

     

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