Weiya Li obtained a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry from the Suzhou University in China. In 2015 he received a Master of Science degree in Archaeological Science at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he was honoured as the Outstanding Master Graduate student.
In the summer of 2015, he was awarded a CSC (China Scholarship Council) -Leiden University joint scholarship to carry out his Ph.D. research at the Laboratory for Material Culture Studies at Leiden University.
His current research involves studying the grinding tools used by the earliest farmers in the catchment of the Huai River in Central China (9000-7000 BP). His research will make use of the strengths of two different analytical methods, use-wear and starch grain analyses, to gain a more detailed understanding of not only the function of the tools but also the relationship between tool type and function, and the grinding techniques employed in the ancient Chinese societies.
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