PhD candidate / contract
Jingwen Liao is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology, funded by the China Scholarship Council.
Monday to Friday
Jingwen Liao is currently a PhD student funded by the China Scholarship Council. Her research project, "The study of prehistoric palaeodietary and societal reconstruction in the Jianghan Plain and Nanyang basin, 6000-4000 BP", focuses on the archaeobotanical residue preserved on potteries and dental calculus, and stable isotope information from ancient bones. The project aims to interpret the differences in plant food consumption across different regions, as well as explore the population dynamics, division of labor, and social stratification.
Jingwen Liao completed her Bachelor in Archaeology cum laude at the Faculty of Archaeology, Henan University, China in 2018. Her Bachelor thesis was "Social Organization Patterns in the Early Yangshao Culture (ca. 7,000–6,000 BP)".
After that, She was recommended to the Department for the History of Science and Scientific Archaeology at University of Science and Technology of China for a master’s research, from which she graduated with first class honors in 2021.
In her master's research, she designed interesting brewing simulation experiments to explore the combination of microfossils in different alcoholic residues. The results were applied to the study of prehistoric pottery, which combined microfossil (starch grains, phytoliths, fungi) and organic acid analyses to find evidence for the production and consumption of alcoholic beverages during the Late Neolithic in China, and discussed the regional differences in prehistoric alcoholic vessels, brewing techniques, and drinking patterns.
Since 2015, Jingwen Liao has participated in numerous archaeological field surveys and excavations in China and Iran for a cumulative period of more than seven months, accumulating a significant amount of archaeological field experience.