Professor Du joined the Institute of Archaeology after obtaining his bachelor degree from the Department of History of Shandong University in 1982. Since then he had been doing fieldwork at the Erlitou site for fourteen years. In 1996, he began to direct an excavation project of the Yanshi Shang City Site, which brought about a number of significant discoveries regarding the plan, cultural content, chronology, and ethnic identity of this urban center. The discovery of the Inner City of this center was nominated as one of the Ten National Major Archaeological Discoveries of the 1997 year.
He participated in a principal project of National Social Sciences Yanshi Erlitou, one of the nine-volume publications Zhongguo Kaoguxue (Chinese Archaeology). He directed the project Yanshi Shangcheng Niandai yu Fenqi Yanjiu (the Chronology and Periodization of the Yanshi Shang City), a component of the National Principal Project Xia-Shang-Zhou Chronology Project. This project has led to a breakthrough regarding the chronology of the Yanshi Shang City, and the date of the Xia-Shang transmission. His ongoing projects are Yanshi Shangcheng Fajue Baogao (The Excavation Report of the Yanshi Shang City, a principal project of the National Social Sciences of the Tenth five-year period), and The Study of the Yanshi Shang City (a principal project of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences).
The academic interests of Professor Du are archaeology of the Xia and Shang periods, prehistoric archaeology, and origin of Chinese civilization. On these subjects he has published seven academic and popular works including Erlitou Taoqi jicui (Selected Erlitou Ceramic Vessels, co-author), and Zhongguo Wenming Shihua (A Brief History of Chinese Civilization). Among his seventy academic articles, “Shang-Zhou Tongjue Yanjiu (the Study of Bronze Jue of the Shang and Zhou dynasties)”, “Fengding He Yanjiu (the Study of the Bronze Sealed-top he)”, and “Shilun Yanshi Shangcheng Xiaocheng de Jige Wenti (Some Questions of the Inner City of the Yanshi Shang City)” won the Outstanding Works of National Youth Social Scientists (1st and 2nd years), the Outstanding Works of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2nd and 3rd years), and the Husheng Youth Scholar Prize. Currently he is director of the Department of Shang-Zhou Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology, professor of the Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and member of the Executive Committee of Chinese Yin-Shang Culture Association.
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Mailing address: 27 Wangfujing dajie, Beijing, 100710
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