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Archaeological Discoveries in the People’s Republic of China and Their Contribution to the Understanding of Chinese History

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Xingcan Chen

Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, CN
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Abstract

More than eight decades ago, the distinguished Chinese scholar Hu Shi (1891–1962) wrote an essay titled ‘My Views on Ancient History’, in which he said:
My outlook regarding ancient history is, for the present, we should shorten the study of ancient history by two or three thousand years, and start our researches from the Book of Odes. When archaeology has become well developed, then we can slowly extend [our understanding of ancient history before the Eastern Zhou dynasty, using excavated historical evidence.1
Today, over eighty years later, Chinese history before the Eastern Zhou dynasty has been steadily reconstructed, step by step, from archaeological discoveries, without which, even the well-recognized deserved brilliance of ancient history, since the Eastern Zhou dynasty, would be dimmed.
Keywords: history prehistory 
How to Cite: Chen, X., (2009). Archaeological Discoveries in the People’s Republic of China and Their Contribution to the Understanding of Chinese History. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology. 19(2), pp.4–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.19202
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Published on 16 Nov 2009.
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