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Local Communities in the Northeastern Frontier of the Central Plain during the late second and early first millennium BC

Author(s): Yan Sun

Year: 2015

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This paper will discuss how local communities in the northeastern frontier of China used metal artifacts and mortuary practice to articulate identity and delineate their cultural and political affiliations among themselves in the region and with polities in the Central Plain during the late second and early first millennium BC, which was a period that witnessed the rise and expansion of state powers in the Central Plain, namely, the Shang and Zhou. Previous studies examined material culture from the perspective of state expansion and emphasized the dominance of Shang and Zhou culture in this frontier region. This paper instead views the "frontier" as a "center" in which people and communities interacted and negotiated their identities. It introduces the concept of local agency and emphasizes the indigenization of imported artifacts and ideas, as well as discusses the complex socio-political landscape to explain the varied choices made for material cultures by in the frontier communities.

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Local Communities in the Northeastern Frontier of the Central Plain during the late second and early first millennium BC. Yan Sun. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396212)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America