Academic freedom, political correctness, and early civilisation in Chinese archaeology: the debate on Xia-Erlitou relations

  title={Academic freedom, political correctness, and early civilisation in Chinese archaeology: the debate on Xia-Erlitou relations},
  author={Li Liu},
  pages={831 - 843}
  • Li Liu
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • History
  • Antiquity
The interpretation of archaeology is inevitably affected by the social, cultural and intellectual background of researchers. This is certainly the situation in the study of early Chinese civilisations and their material remains, particularly in regard to the Erlitou culture in the middle Yellow River region in China (c. 1900-1500 BC). The spatial and temporal definitions of the Erlitou culture are partially coincident with those of the Xia dynasty as recorded in ancient texts. The type-site of… 
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