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Zhong Yandi is a Ph. D. candidate from Peking University， majoring in Ceramic Archaeology and Chinese Archaeology. She studies at the Leiden University Institute of Archaeology as a visiting researcher from October 1st, 2018 to September 31st, 2019, in the field of 'The Ceramic Trade between China and the West in the Ming Dynasty---A Case study from the Europe'. Her fields of interest include porcelain and the history of kilns sites in Jingdezhen, Imperial Chinese history and culture, material culture and global connections, intercultural exchanges between the East and West.
Her Ph.D. dissertation research, ‘Study on Ceramic Industry Remains at Jingdezhen in the Mid Ming Dynasty’ reflects the intersection of these four interests. Building on the analysis of archaeological surveys and excavations on Jingdezhen kiln sites, the research will reveal the system of porcelain production, trade, and use, combine d with shipwrecks and the overseas discoveries of Jingdezhen porcelain. History records of overseas trade, particularly with Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan will also be critical components of the research.
She graduated with B.A. degrees at Jilin University in Archaeology and Museology (2014)and began with her Ph.D. in School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University as a five-year direct-promotion Doctor’s degree student (2014-present). These days, Zhong Yandi has been admitted to the Leiden University Institute of Archaeology as a visiting researcher from October 1st, 2018 to September 31st, 2019.
She has learned all the Ph.D. subjects of archaeology at Peking University. Participating in the excavations and surveys of Jingdezhen kiln sites which date back to the Tang to Qing dynasties for 3 years, she was well trained in archeological fieldwork and very familiar with the porcelain of Jingdezhen kiln. Also, she is active for projects and surveys at other kilns (e.g., the Ding kiln in Hebei province, the Jun kiln in Henan province, China) and sites (e.g., Shuri Castle Site in Japan, the Baoyun Tower site of the Forbidden City in China).
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