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Li Min


Associate Professor


Contact Information

Email    limin@humnet.ucla.edu
Office  304 Haines
Phone  310-267-4588

I teach graduate seminar in archaeology theories and several undergraduate courses on anthropological archaeology and ancient civilizations of China. These classes are offered through Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Interdepartmental Program of Archaeology.

My major field of research is archaeology of prehistoric and Bronze Age China, focusing on the rise of state and early civilizations. Currently, I am working on a book on the rise of kingship and states in early China.

The second field of research is maritime archaeology of the Asiatic Trade in the Early Modern Era (13-17th centuries). I use the research on ceramic production and trade in coastal China and Southeast Asia to document the transformations in material culture brought by the inauguration of the early global trade.

Archaeology is a fieldwork-based discipline, where collaborative efforts become the foundation of academic success. As the co-director of the Wen-Si River Basin archaeological survey project, a collaboration between UCLA and archaeologists in China, I am part of a team of internationally renowned archaeologists and specialists working on landscape archaeology in an important region in the cultural history of China. At the heart of the region, the Lu city site at Qufu once hosted the development of major ritual institutions and political philosophies in early China during the first millennium BCE. The legendary landscape associated with the prehistory of the region, the archaeological landscape of the city and its hinterland, and the ritual landscape evolved around the memory of the city collectively created a rich palimpsest characterized by cultural resilience and symbolic potency of the place. Our study of long-term changes in the archaeological landscape aims to address the representation of the past in the configuration of the local world in relation to successive episodes of sociopolitical changes.

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Michigan (2008)

Research

Social archaeology and cultural history of continental East Asia focusing on emergence early civilizations in Neolithic and Bronze Age China. Historical anthropology, material culture, and conceptions of the past in early modern China. Landscape archaeology, integrating systematic survey, analysis of archaeological ceramics, remote sensing imagery, traditional studies of stone inscriptions and numismatics

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology of China

Directed Research in Anthropology

2018 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology of China

2017 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology

2017 Winter Quarter

Politics of Past

2016 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology

2015 Fall Quarter

Topics in Asian Archaeology

2015 Winter Quarter

Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations: China

2014 Winter Quarter

Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations: China

2013 Fall Quarter

Topics in Asian Archaeology

2013 Winter Quarter

Archaeological Landscapes of China

2012 Fall Quarter

Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations: China

2012 Winter Quarter

Archaeology: Introduction

2011 Fall Quarter

Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations: China

2011 Spring Quarter

Archaeological Landscapes of China

2011 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2010 Spring Quarter

Archaeological Landscapes of China

2010 Winter Quarter

Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 116Q
Selected Topics in Archaeology of China

2017 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 118
Selected Topics in Archaeology

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 115Q
Politics of Past

2017 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M216
Topics in Asian Archaeology

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO 116N
Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations: China

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO M116S
Archaeological Landscapes of China

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: Introduction

2012 Winter Quarter

ARCHEOL M201B
Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO M201B
Graduate Core Seminar: Archaeology

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter