The Second Shanghai Archaeology Forum opened, World's Major archaeological discoveries and researches announced
The second Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) organized by the Shanghai Academy, the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage, and Shanghai University, was held this morning in the in the Lecture Hall of the Library of Shanghai University. Mr. Yang Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai joined the ceremony and gave a welcome address, which was followed by a congratulatory addresses delivered by Mr. Liu Yuzhu Director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. The Opening Address was given by Professor Wang Weiguang, the President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Mr. Yang Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai, speaks to delegates at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum at Shanghai university, Dec 14th, 2015.
Mr. Liu Yuzhu,Director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, speaks to delegates at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum at Shanghai university, Dec 14th, 2015.
Professor Wang Weiguang, the President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.speaks to delegates at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum at Shanghai university, Dec 14th, 2015.
Professor Wang Wei, the Director of the Institute of Archaeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences .speaks to delegates at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum at Shanghai university, Dec 14th, 2015.
Honorable Colin Renfrew, the former Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge，ganined the SAF Lifetime Achievement Award.
The major archaeological field discoveries and researches were announced as follow:
Field Discovery Awards
1. Archaeological Investigation into the Tusi Sites in China's Southwest : Imperial Expansion and the Colonization of Frontiers and Borderlands
2. Exploring the Tunnel Underneath the Feathered Serpent Temple at Teotihuacan, Mexico
3. Early Urbanism in Europe? The Case of the Trypillia Mega-sites, Ukraine
4. Revealing North America’s First Native City: Rediscovery and Large-Scale Excavation of Cahokia’s East St. Louis Precinct
5. The Dawn of Technology: 3.3-million-year-old Stone Tools from Lake Turkana, Kenya
6. Gravisca Emporion - the Port of the Etruscan City of Tarquinia: New Excavations at the Sanctuary of Śuri and Cavatha
7. Discovering the Harbor of King Khufu at Wadi el-Jarf in Egypt
8. A Very Early ‘Palatial Complex’ at Arslantepe, Malatya (Turkey): a New Trajectory to the Origin of the State
9. Recent Studies at Noyon Uul Burial Mounds: Unknown Facts of Life of Central Asian Nomads
10. Five Thousand Years of Taiwan’s Past Brought to Light by Rescue Archaeology
1. Çatalhöyük: Important Anatolian Contributions to the Development of Early Societies
2. Population Genomics of Bronze Age Eurasia
3. Three Global Human Migrations in Eurasia: the Origin of Humans and the Peopling of Southwestern, Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Asia and the Caucasus
4. Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe (EUROEVOL)
5. Teopancazco: a Multiethnic Neighborhood Center at Teotihuacan, Central Mexico
6. The Times of Their Lives: High-resolution Radiocarbon-based Chronological Analysis of the European Neolithic, through Formal Modelling
7. Cuello: the Economic and Social Origins of Maya Civilisation
8. The Origin and Spread of Broomcorn and Foxtail Millets
9. The Earliest Farmers in the Southwest
10. From First Farmers to First Cities: New Insights into the Agricultural Origins of Urban Societies in Western Eurasia
11.The Great Temple Project: in Search of the Sacred Precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan
A total of 93 nominations were made to the 2015 SAF Awards program by the SAF Advisory Committee consisting of about 150 renowned scholars in various fields of archaeology and cultural heritage from 45 countries. The nominations were reviewed and adjudicated by the SAF Selection Committee comprising 38 international experts from 16 countries in the world, according to the highest international standards of excellence and impartiality. A total of 40 nominations were shortlisted after the first round of reviews and adjudications in which 35 Selection Committee members were actively involved. During the second round of adjudications, with valid votes from 33 Selection Committee members, a total of 21 out of 40 shortlisted nominations were selected for the 2015 SAF Awards, including 10 Field Discovery Awards, and 11 Research Awards.
We extend our warmest congratulations to those on the final list of 2015 SAF Selection Program.
A group photo of scholars attending the the second Shanghai Archaeology Forum
Founded in 2013, Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting the investigation, protection and utilization of the world’s archaeological resources and heritage. It serves as an international platform for the illumination of archaeological research and its significance and relevance to the world today. The forum is fully committed to excellence through innovation and cooperation, and to the sustainable development of human society.
The Shanghai Archaeology Forum has three key programs: SAF Awards, World Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series, and Public Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series.
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