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An Archaeological Study-tour in China, 1958


The general situation in archaeology in China today is one of enormous expansion. Intensive training of specialists is going on, so that it is possible to have teams accompany the builders of the great public works (roads, railways, canals, etc.) in order to deal scientifically with any remains which may be unearthed. Every large city in China now has a good historical and archaeological museum and the number of these is rapidly being extended to the smaller towns as well.

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1 Physis, 1958, vol. 1.

2 See Physis, 1959.

3 Science and Civilisation in China (Cambridge), Vol. 3.

4 Vol. 4, pt. 2, Section on Nautics.

Readers of ANTIQUITY will know of the work which Dr Joseph Needham, F.R.S., Reader in Biochemistry in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, is doing to bring the history of science, scientific thought and technology in China to the knowledge of the Western world. During the summer of 1958 he undertook a tour of historical and archaeological study in China as the guest of Academia Sinica, who accorded him the warmest welcome, and every facility. At our request he has written up this account of the outstanding experiences of his journey.

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