Rowan Flad

Rowan Flad

John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology
Rowan Flad

On Leave AY 2020-2021

Research Interests

Professor Flad's research is currently focused on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. This research incorporates interests in diachronic change in production processes, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general.

Related Publications

BOOKS

Chengdu Pingyuan Guoji Kaogu Diaochadui成都平原国际考古调查队 (In Prep). Chengdu Pingyuan Kaogu Diaocha—2005-2010 nian chengguo 成都平原考古调查 -- 2005-2010年成果 [The Chengdu Plain Archaeological Survey – Results from the 2005-2010 Seasons]. Beijing: Kexue chubanshe.

Rowan Flad and Pochan Chen (2013). Ancient Central China: An Archaeological Study of Centers and Peripheries along the Yangzi River. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Liviu Giosan, Dorian Q. Fuller, Kathleen Nicoll, Rowan K. Flad, Peter D. Clift, editors (2012). Climates, Landscapes and Civilizations. AGU Geophysical Monograph Series, Vol. 198. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union.

Rowan Flad (2011). Salt Production and Social Hierarchy in Ancient China: An archaeological investigation of specialization in China's Three Gorges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Zachary X. Hruby and Rowan K. Flad, editors (2007). Rethinking Craft Specialization in Complex Societies: Archaeological Analyses of the Social Meaning of Production. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, No. 17. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association.

Yang Hu, Liu Guoxiang, and Tang Chung, editors (English Language editing by Rowan Flad) (2006). Yuqi qiyuan tansuo – Xinglongwa yuqi yanjiu yu tulu玉器起源探索- 興隆洼玉器研究與圖錄 [The origins of Chinese jade culture – Xinglongwa jades research and catalogue]. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES / CHAPTERS

Elizabeth Berger, Katherine Brunson, Brett Kaufman, Gyoung-ah Lee, Xinyi Liu, Pauline Sebillaud, Michael Storozum, Loukas Barton, Jacqueline Eng, Gary Feinman, Rowan Flad, Sandra Garvie-Lock, Michelle Hrivnyak, Brian Lander, Deborah Merrett, Ye Wa (2021). Human Adaptation to Holocene Environments: Perspectives and Promise from China. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 

Rowan Flad, Jing Zhou, Andrew Womack, Yitzchak Jaffe, Jada Ko, Pochan Chen, Lingyu Hung, Bingbing Liu, Ruilin Mao, Hui Wang, Shuicheng Li (2021). Preliminary Site Prospection Along the Tao River 2011-2013: Testing the Chinese Register of Archaeological SitesBulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 82.

Yitzchak Jaffe, Karin Taché, Rowan K. Flad, Zhou Jing, Wang Hui, Chengrui Zhang, Oliver E. Craig, Alexandre Lucquin, Manon Bondetti, Shinya Shoda  (2021). What do “Barbarians” Eat? Integrating ceramic usewear and residue analysis in the study of food and society at the margins of Bronze Age ChinaPLoS One 16(4): e0250819 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0250819)

Yue Li, Chengrui Zhang, William Taylor, Liang Chen, Rowan K. Flad, Nicole Boivin, Huan Liu, Yue You, Jianxin Wang, Meng Ren, Tongyuan Xi, Yifu Han, Rui Wen, Jian Ma (2021). Reply to Shelach-Lavi et al.: Cavalry and the Great Walls of China and Mongolia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(16):  e2025947118 (https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2025947118)

Liu, Yiting, Wang, Yang, Rowan Flad (2020). Animal Sacrifice in Burial: Materials from China during the Shang Dynasty and Western Zhou Period. Archaeological Research in Asia 20: 100179. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2020.100179

Yue Li, Chengrui Zhang, William Taylor, Liang Chen, Rowan K. Flad, Nicole Boivin, Huan Liu, Yue You, Jianxin Wang, Meng Ren, Tongyuan Xi, Yifu Han, Rui Wen, Jian Ma (2020). Early evidence for mounted horseback riding in northwest China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  202004360 (https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2004360117).

Le-Le Ren, Guanghui Dong, Feng-Wen Liu, Jade d'Alpoim-Guedes, Rowan K. Flad, Min-Min Ma, Haiming Li, Yi-Shi Yang, Yu-Jia Liu, Dongju Zhang, Guo-Lin Li, Ji-Yuan Li, Fahu Chen (2020). Foraging and farming: archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological evidence for Neolithic exchange on the Tibetan PlateauAntiquity 94(375):637-652 (https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2020.35).

Kate Brunson, Ren Lele, Zhou Jing, Zhao Xin, Wang Hui, Rowan Flad (2020). Zooarchaeology, Ancient mtDNA, and Radiocarbon Dating Provide New Evidence for the Emergence of Domestic Cattle and Caprines in the Tao River Valley of Gansu Province, Northwest ChinaJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports 31: 102262 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102262).

Womack, Andrew, Timothy Horsley, Hui Wang, Jing Zhou and Rowan Flad (2019). Assessing Site Organization and Development Using Geophysical Prospection at Dayatou, Gansu, China. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 27: 101964 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.101964).

Womack, Andrew, Hui Wang, Jing Zhou and Rowan Flad (2019). Continuity and Change: A Petrographic Analysis of Clay Recipes in late Neolithic Northwestern China. Antiquity93(371):1161-1177. (https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.132)

Rowan Flad (2018) Urbanism as Technology in Ancient China. Archaeological Research in Asia 14:121-134. (http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2016.09.001)

LeLe Ren, GuangHui Dong, HaiMing Li, Dave Rhode, Rowan K. Flad, GuoQiang Li, Ying Yang, ZhongXin Wang, LinHai Cai, XiaoYan Ren, Dongju Zhang, FaHu Chen (2018) Dating Human Settlement in the East-Central Tibetan Plateau During the Late Holocene. Radiocarbon 60(1): 137-150 (https://doi.org/10.1017/RDC.2017.117). 

Andrew Womack, Yitzchak Jaffe, Lingyu Hung, Zhou Jing,  Wang Hui, Li Shuicheng, Pochan Chen, Rowan Flad (2017) Mapping Qijiaping: New work on the type site of the Qijia Culture. Journal of Field Archaeology 42(6):488-502. (https://doi.org/10.1080/00934690.2017.1384669)

Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Peter Weiming Jia, Rowan Flad, Naiqin Wu, and Alison Betts (2017) Cultivation strategies at the ancient Luanzaganzi settlement on the easternmost Eurasian steppe during the Late Bronze Age. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 26(5): 505-512. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-017-0608-0).

Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Guoping Sun, Rowan Flad, Naiqin Wu, Xiujia Huan, Keyang He, and Yonglei Wang (2016) Phytoliths reveal the earliest fine reedy textile in China at the Tianluoshan site. Nature: Scientific Reports 6: 18664.

Rowan Flad (2016) Recent Research on the Archaeology of the Tibetan Plateau and Surrounding Areas. Archaeological Research in Asia 5:1-3.

Rowan Flad (2015) Salt. In The Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia, edited by Mary Beaudry and Karen Metheny, pp. 447-448. Alta Mira Press.

Rowan Flad (2013). Animal Exploitation at Zhongba during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. For Salt Archaeology in China: Ancient Salt Production and Landscape Archaeology in the Upper Yangzi Basin: Studies of Zhongba, Vol. 3, ed. by Li Shuicheng and Lothar von Falkenhausen, pp. 226-261. Beijing: Kexue Chubanshe.

Rowan Flad (2013). The Oracle Bones of Zhongba: Divination at an Early Salt Production Site. In Salt Archaeology in China: Ancient Salt Production and Landscape Archaeology in the Upper Yangzi Basin: Studies of Zhongba, Vol. 3, ed. by Li Shuicheng and Lothar von Falkenhausen, pp. 262-309. Beijing: Kexue Chubanshe.

Rowan Flad, Timothy Horsley, Jade D'alpoim Guedes, He Kunyu, Gwen Bennett, Li Shuicheng and Jiang Zhanghua (2014). Survey, Excavation and Geophysics at Songjiaheba – A Small Bronze Age Site in the Chengdu Plain. Asian Perspectives 52(1):119-142.

Danielle, Raad, Li Shuicheng, Rowan K. Flad (2014) Testing a novel method to identify salt production pottery via release and detection of chloride ions. Journal of Archaeological Science 43: 186-191.

Zhao Zhijun and Rowan Flad (2013). Report on the Floatation Results from the Zhongba Site in Chongqing. For Salt Archaeology in China: Ancient Salt Production and Landscape Archaeology in the Upper Yangzi Basin: Preliminary Studies, Vol. 3, ed. by Li Shuicheng and Lothar von Falkenhausen, pp. 362-387. Beijing: Kexue Chubanshe.

Rowan Flad (2013). The Sichuan Basin. For A Companion to Chinese Archaeology, ed. by Anne Underhill, pp. 125-146. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

D'Alpoim Guedes, Jade, David Carrasco, Rowan Flad, Ethan Fosse, Michael Herzfeld, C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, Cecil M. Lewis, Matthew Liebmann, Richard Meadow, Nick Patterson, Max Price, Meredith Reiches, Sarah Richardson, Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, Jason Ur, Gary Urton, Christina Warinner (2013). Is Poverty in our Genes? : A Reply to Ashraf and Galor. Current Anthropology 54(1):71-79.

Rowan Flad (2012). Bronze, Jade, Gold, and Ivory: Valuable Objects in Ancient Sichuan. In The Construction of Value in the Ancient World, ed. by John Papadopoulos and Gary Urton, pp. 258-287. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Faculty Department

Anthropology

Contact Information

57G Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Avenue. Cambridge, MA

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