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LAM Weng Cheong

BA, MA (Peking University); Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Assistant Professor, Department of History, CUHK;
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, CUHK


Address: Room 105, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, NT, Hong Kong / NAH 323, Humanities Bldg, New Asia College
Phone: (852) 3943 8549 / (852) 3943 7705

Prof. Lam is an assistant professor specialized in employing scientific analyses and excavated materials to study the history of ancient China. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Peking University and Ph.D from Harvard University.

His research currently focuses on the economic system and social development during the Bronze Age and Han Empire. His research incorporates interests in various archaeological techniques including metallurgy, zooarchaeology and GIS to investigate the craft production and exchange network during this critical period in Chinese history. He has conducted archaeological research in Shaanxi to reconstruct the ancient iron economy in the Han capital area since 2011. New research is focused on the Han exchange network in provincial centers and imperial expansion of the Han dynasty. Current research and writing projects focus on the social development in Early China including: the change of craft production system and iron technology, commodities in ancient China, interregional interaction, cultural transmission, and the market system of food.

Areas of interest:

  1. Scientific techniques in archaeology (zooarchaeology and GIS)
  2. Metallurgy and history of metal technology in early China
  3. History of material culture and art in ancient China
  4. Craft production
  5. Commodity and market system in early China

Research Projects

  1. Member of research team, Development of the Iron Industry in the Guanzhong Basin during the Han period, funded by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, 2013-2015

  2. Member of research team, The eastern territory of the Western Zhou Dynasty, funded by the National Social Science Fund of China, 2013-2015

Course Offered

  1. History of material culture in ancient China
  2. Understanding Archaeology
  3. China’s Cultural Heritage

Selected Publications

2015 “Shang Elite Burials”, “Western Zhou State Cemeteries”, “Long-distance Exchange”, “Divination and Shamanism”, “Human and Animal Sacrifices”, “Commoner Burials”, “The Use of Jade”, and “Confucianism and Early Taoism”. Entries for 30-Second Ancient China, Zhuang Yijie, eds. London, Ivy Press.
2014 Everything old is new again? Rethinking the transition to the cast iron production in the Central Plains of China*. Journal of Anthropological Research 70(4): 511-542.
2013 Zhonggongmiao shangzhou shiqi julou dongwu ziyuan liyong zhushi周公庙商周时期聚落动物资源利用初识 (Preliminary Analysis of Animal Resources Utilization during the Shang-Zhou Period at the Zhougongmiao Site) *.考古与文物 [Archaeology and Cultural Relics] 2013(3):45-54.
2013 Shitan tiezhofeng zhong feiqi yezhu yiwu zhengli de linan yu shijian试谈铁作坊中废弃冶铸遗物整理的理念与实践 (Analyses of Manufacturing Wastes from Iron Production Sites and Reflections on Identification Criteria) *. Nanfeng Wenwu南方文物 [Southern Cultural Relics] 2013(3): 117-124.
2011 Dongshan wenhua de ruogan wenti zai jiantao 东山文化的若干问题再检讨 (A Restudy on Several Critique Issues Related to the Dongson Culture: Bronze Technology and Politics) *. Nanfang minzu kaogu 南方民族考古(第七卷) [Southern Ethnology and Archaeology] (Vol.7), 四川大学博物馆 Sichuan Daxue Bowuguan, Sichuan Daxue Kaogu Xuexi 四川大学考古学系, and Chengdu Wenwu Kaogu Yuanjiusuo 成都文物考古研究所, eds. Pp. 113-135. Beijing 北京: Science Press 科学出版社.
2008 Xizhou shiqi jinguo muzang suojian xingbie chayi chutan 西周时期晋国墓葬所见性别差异初探 (The Primary Study on Gender Differences in Jin Tombs of the Western Zhou Period) *. Gudai wenming 古代文明 [Ancient Civilization] (vol.7), 北京大学考古学研究中心 Peking University Chinese Archaeology Research Center and Peking University AURORA Research Center of Ancient Civilization 北京大学震旦古代文明研究中心, eds. Pp. 109-158. Beijing 北京: Cultural Relics Press 文物出版社.