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Guest PhD Candidate

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Shiyu Xu is a guest PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology.

More information about SHIYU XU

Office days

Monday to Friday


My current research involves studying the craft production and consumption of stone artifacts in the Chengdu Plain in Southwest China (5500-3000 BP), with an attempt to explore the internal transition and external interaction of cultures and uncover the operating mechanism of the complex societies in the Chengdu Plain.

My research will make use of the strengths of three different analytical methods, use-wear, spatial analysis, and experimental archaeology, to gain a more detailed understanding of not only the function, the distribution, and the chaîne opératoire of stone artifacts, but also the relationship between artifacts type and function, the technological levels and manufacturing costs of stone artifacts production, the nature of the organization of production in the Chengdu plain and the role of different kinds of stone artifacts in the political, religious and subsistence economies.

Curriculum vitae

  • Sep. 2012    B.A. in Archaeology and Museology, School of Ethnology and Sociology, Minzu University of China, Beijing, China 
  • Sep. 2016-present    Ph.D. in Archaeology (Neolithic Archaeology), School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing, China. 
  • Jan. 2021    Start my guest Ph.D. at Leiden University

Guest PhD Candidate

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Material Culture Studies

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden


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