Alice Yao

About

Contact Information

Office: Haskell 318
Phone: (773) 702-8674
Email: ayao@uchicago.edu
Website: https://aliceyaoresearch.wordpress.com/

(PhD U Michigan 2008) Associate Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College, focuses her research on the impact of the Han Empire's conquest of frontier regions and seeks to explain the variable ways different communities and social classes respond to momentous changes in local history. Currently she is conducting an archaeological survey project in Southwestern China, which aims to recover the settlement sites of a local Bronze Age polity known as the "Dian" before its incorporation by the Han Empire. This ongoing project investigates the genesis of the Dian polity in relation to control over bronze production and the regional trade network developing between China and Southeast Asia.

Selected Works

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
2017 Politics of Time on the Southwest Frontier of China's Han Empire. American Anthropologist, 119 (1).
2016 The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China: An Archaeological History from the Bronze Age to the Han Empire. Oxford University Press, (2016).
2015 (w/ Jiang Zhilong and Chen Xuexiang) Wet/Landscapes of Bronze Age Polities in the Subtropical Uplands of Southwest Yunnan, 900-100 B.C. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, (2015).
2014 Investigations into the Elemental Composition of Earthenware Vessels from the Guthe Philippine Collection using Neutron Activation Analysis. Asian Perspectives, 52 (1): 12-27.
2013 Engendering the Ancestors: Observations from Ancient China's Funerary Rituals. In S. Tarlow & L.N. Stutz, eds., Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial. Oxford University Press, 581-596.
2012 Discovering the Elusive Bronze Age Settlements of the "Dian" Kingdom, China. (w/ Jiang Zhilong). Antiquity, 86: 353-363
2012 Sarmatian Mirrors and Han Ingots (100 BC - AD 100): How the Foreign became Local and Vice Versa. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 2:57-70.
2010 Recent Developments in the Archaeology of Southwestern China. Journal of Archaeological Research, 18: 203-239.
2008 Culture Contact and Social Change along Ancient China's Southwestern Frontier, 900 BC - AD 100. PhD Dissertation, University of Michigan.
2008 Precipitating Change or Sustaining Traditions: Social Patterns of a Bronze Age Community from the Upper Pearl River Drainage in Yunnan before Han Imperial Period. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 28: 23-33.
2005 Scratching beneath Iconographic and Textual Clues: A Reconsideration of the Social Hierarchy in the Dian Culture of Southwestern China. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 24: 378-405.