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China before China: structural history of Chinese archaeology

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The paper looks into the early development of Chinese archaeology. It focus on the cultural context of the early 20th Century to the shaping of some key archaeological concepts, such as Progress, Revolution and Neolithic. I argue that those concepts create continuous difficulties in understanding the long trajectory of historical event. By employing Structural History developed by the French Annales’ school, the paper aims to unfold not only the history of our discipline, but also the time scales of archaeological topics.

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