Ancient Jade Crafting Technology

SS105
Spring 21

The history of crafting technology is an important component of ancient civilization. Jade is one of the most representative craftsmanship in East Asia, especially ancient China, where the worship of jades became an impetus for the ancient crafting technology to improve. This course provides a broad overview of the distribution and transition of prehistoric jades within East Asia, and the crafting technology of prehistoric jades. This course links the East Asian Neolithic jades with Eurasian Upper Paleolithic personal ornaments made of bones and antlers. Furthermore, East Asian nephrite jades are compared with Mesoamerican jadeite jades, towards a better understanding of the formation and development of East Asian jade culture from a comparative perspective. Archaeological and ethnological materials will be used to introduce prehistoric jade crafting technology, for the students to acquire a basic knowledge of both prehistoric jade craftsmanship and the social science methodologies that are used to study them. There will be a presentation in group basis as mid-term exam. At the end of the semester, each student will write a short paper on the topic of their choosing.

Yadi WEN

Yadi WEN

Yadi Wen is a scholar in the field or history and archaeology. She received her MPhil and PhD in History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.