1996 Ph.D., the Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China, Major: Archaeology
1989 M.A., Shandong University, Jinan, China, Major: Archaeology
1984 B.A., Shandong University, Jinan, China, Major: Archaeology
Director, Department of the Xia-Shang-Zhou Archaeology of Institute of Archaeology (IA), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Head of the Erlitou Fieldwork Team of this institute
Professor of the Department of Archaeology of the Graduate School, CASS
2007-present: director of Department of the Xia-Shang-Zhou Archaeology of Institute of Archaeology (IA), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
2004-present: Professor, IA, CASS.
2004.11-12: the visiting professor of Chengchi University, Taiwan.
1999-present: head of the Erlitou Fieldwork Team, IA, CASS,
1999-2007: deputy director of Department of the Xia-Shang-Zhou Archaeology, IA, CASS.
1998-2004: Associate Professor, IA, CASS.
1996-1998: Assistant Professor, IA, CASS.
1991-1992: Lecturer of the Department of History, Shandong University.
1984-1991: Assistant of the Department of History, Shandong University.
2001-2003: In charge of a systematic regional survey of the Luoyang Basin, Henan Province, China.
1999-present: In charge of the survey and excavation of the Erlitou Site, Henan Province, China.
1996-1998: Participating in and then directing the excavations of the palace complex of the Yanshi City Site (Shang Dynasty), Henan Province, China.
1989: Obtaining a diploma from the Archaeologist Training Program of State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China.
1987/1989/1991-1992: Co-directing the excavations of the Dinggong Walled Site (Longshan culture) in the Zouping County, Shandong Province, China.
Current research projects
“Excavation of the Erlitou Site and compiling of the fieldwork report” (Major projects of CASS, National Funds of Social Science)
“The Erlitou site and the settlements in the vicinity” (A part of the project The Origin of Chinese Civilization)
“The study of Early Chinese Bronzes” (A China-Japan joint project)
2017. “XianqinChengyiKaoguo(The archaeology of enclosure settlements in pre-Qin period [7000-221BC])”. Beijing: Gold Wall Press and Xi Yuan Publishing House.
2016. “DaduWucheng(The Tradition of Non-fortified Primary Capitals in Early China)”. Beijing: SDX Joint Publishing Company.
2016. “HeyiZhongguo: gongyuanqian 2000 nian de zhongyuantujing (China: 2000 B.C.)”(new edition). Beijing: SDX Joint Publishing Company.
2014. “Erlitou (1999-2006)” (an archaeological report, chief editor and coauthor). Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House.
2014. “Xia-Shang duyiyuwenhua (Collected works on Xia-Shang capitals and culture)”, Vol. 1 and 2 (chief editor). Beijing: China Social Science Press.
2014. “HeyiZhongguo: gongyuanqian 2000 nian de zhongyuantujing (China: 2000 B.C.)”. Beijing: SDX Joint Publishing Company.
2009. “Zuizao de Zhongguo (The earliest China)”. Beijing: Science Press.
2009. “SandaiKaogu (Archaeology of Xia-Shang-Zhou era)”, vol. 3 (executive chief editor). Beijing: Science Press.
2000. “Xianqinchengshikaoguxueyanjiu (An archaeology research on cities in pre-Qin period)”. Beijing: Beijing Yanshan Press.
2017. “Erlitouyizhi 1hao damuxueanzongli (Review on the discovery and research of ‘Large-scale tomb No.1’ in the Erlitou site)”. ZhongyuanWenwu, vol. 5.
2017. “‘weizi’ de Zhongguoshi: Xianqinchengyi 7000 nian dashi saomiao (The history of enclosures in China: summary the general trend for 7000 years of the enclosure settlements in the pre-Qin period)” (No. 1-4). NanfangWenwu, vol. 1-4.
2016. “Erlitou M3jilvsongshilongxingqi de kaoguBeijingfenxi (On the archaeological context of grave M3 and the dragon-shape artifact with turquoise inlay)”. GudaiWenming, vol. 10. Shanghai: Shanghai Classics Publishing House.
2016. “Cong zhengjingbushidaodubushiqian: kaoguxue dui ‘Zhongguo’danshengshi de tansuo (From certifying and replenishing the historical records to outshining in pre-historic time: exploration on the birth history of ‘China’ by archaeology. NanfangWenwu, vol. 1.
2016. “Zhongguokaoguxuejieguojiaqiyuantansuo de xinlulichengyuxiangguansikao (Mentality of China’s archaeological circles for exploring the national origin and my related thinking)”. ZhongyuanWenhuaYanjiu, vol. 2.
2015.“‘GuanyuErlitouweizaoshangduyi de jiashuo (The hypothesis about Erlitou was the capital of the early Shang Dynasty)”. NanfangWenwu, vol. 3.
2015. “‘DaduWucheng’ de yuxu: dui ruoganChunqiuduyi de juluoxingtaifenxi(The last traces ofthe Tradition of Non-fortified Primary Capitals: Analysis on the settlement patterns of some Spring and Autumn capitals)”. SandaiKaogu, vol. 6.
2015. “Erlitou: Zhongguozaoqiguojiaxingchengzhong de yigeguanjiandian (Erlitou: a key point in the early state formation of China)”. ZhongyuanWenhuaYanjiu, vol. 4.
2014. “Gakujutsushikaramiru‘shin chugenchushinsetsu’(A Review of ‘Neo-perspectives on the centricity of Central Plains’)” (Japanese). Chinese Archaeology, No. 14. Kyoto, Japan.
2014. “‘Xia wangchao’ kaogu: xueshushi•xindongxiang•xinsikao (The archaeology of ‘Xia Dynasty’: academic history, new trends and new thinking)”. Xia-Shang duyiyuwenhua (collected works on Xia-Shang capitals and culture), vol. 2. Beijing: China Social Science Press.
2014. “Sandaiwenmingyuqingtongshidaikaogu: yigainian he shikongliubianweizhongxin (Civilizations of Three generations and archaeology in the Bronze Age: mainly about the concept and the temporal and spatial changing)”.NanfangWenwu, vol. 1.
2013. “Daduwucheng: lunZhongguogudaiducheng de zaoqixingtai (The large cities are not fortified: on the early forms of the capitals of ancient China)”. Wenwu, vol. 10.
2013.“GongshijianzhuyuZhongyuanguojiawenming de xingcheng (The palatial architectures and the formation of the civilizations in the Central Plains)”. SandaiKaogu, vol. 5.
2013. “The Erlitou Culture”, A companion to Chinese archaeology. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
2012. “Shichuangqi de gaodu: 20shiji shangbanyeZhongguochengshikaogushuping (The height of the pioneer period：Review on the Chinese urban archaeology in the first half of the twentieth Century )”.XupingfangXianshengjinianwenji (collected works in memory of Professor Xu Pingfang). Shanghai: Shanghai ancient books publishing house.
2012.“Erlitouwenhuajuluodongtaisaomiao (Overview on the general trend of settlement patterns in Erlitou Culture)”. ZaoqiXiawenhuayuXianshangwenhuayanjiulunwenji (Collected Studies on the Early-Xia Culture and Proto-Shang Culture). Beijing: Science Press.
2012. “Gongyuanqian 2000 nian: Zhongyuandabianju de kaoguxueguancha (2000BC: Archaeological observation of historic transition in the Central Plains)”. DongfangKaogu, vol. 9.
2010. “Gaoduyuqingjie: XianaiguanyuXiashangwenhuawenti de sixiangguiji (Height and complex: thoughts track of cultural issues in Xia and Shang Dynasty by Xia Nai)”. NanfangWenwu, vol. 2.
2010. “Erlitoushidai Luoyang pendihuanjingkaogu de shijianyusikao (Reflection on the environmental archaeology of Erlitou period in Luoyang Basin: Case of Sihenan and Dayanghe)”(first author). DongfangKaogu, vol. 7.
2009. “FangfalunshijiaoxiadeXiashangfenjieyanjiu (On the study of the distinction between Xia Culture and Shang Culture in the methodological perspective)”. SandaiKaogu, vol. 3.
2008. “Shang wenming: Zhongguo ‘yuanshi’ yu ‘lishi’ shidai de fenjiedian (Shang Civilization: the boundary between proto-history and history in early China)”. DongfangKaogu, vol. 4.
2008. “GuanyuErlitouyizhi de xingsi (Rethinking Erlitou Site)” (first author). Wenwu, vol. 2.
2007. “RethingkingErlitou: legend, history and Chinese archaeology” (second-author). Antiquity, vol. 81.
2007.“Archaeological Research on the Settlement Patterns of the Erlitou Site and its Periphery”. Archaeology in the East and the West.National Heritage Board, Sweden.
2006. “Erlitouyihaogongdianjizhishiyongniandaichuyi (On dating of Palatial Foundation No.1 on the Erlitou site)”.ErlitouyizhiyuErlitouwenhuayanjiu (Collected Works of International Symposium on Erlitou Site and Erlitou Culture). Beijing: Science Press.
2006. “Songshannanbei Longshan wenhuaxiangErlitouwenhuayanjinguochengguankui (On the shift from Longshan Culture to Erlitou Culture around Song Mountain)”. Zhongyuandiquwenminghuajinchengxueshuyantaohuiwenji (A collection of works contributed to the symposium on the civilizations in the Central Plains). Beijing: Science Press.
2006. “Erlitouwenhuashiqirendiguanxiyanjiu de kaoguxuejiantao (An archaeological review on the study of human-nature relation in Erlitou Culture period)”. Xin shiji de kaoguxue: wenhua, quwei, shengtai de duoyuanhudong (The archaeology of the new century: multi-interaction of culture, region, and ecology). Beijing: The Forbidden City Publishing House.
2006. “DuyibianqianyuShangdaikaoguxue de jieduanhuafen (Capital movement and periodization of the Shang archaeology)”.Ershiyishiji de Zhongguokaoguxue: qingzhuTongzhuchenxianshengbashiwuhuadanxueshuwenji (Chinese Archaeology in the 21st Century: Festschrift in Honor of Tong Zhuchen’s 85th Birthday). Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House.
2005. “Prospecting and excavation of the palace compound and the outside roads of the Erlitou Site in Yanshi, Henan”(first author). Chinese Archaeology, vol. 5.
2005.“A large turquoise dragon-form artifact discovered at the Erlitou Site” (first author). Chinese Archaeology, vol. 5.
2005. “A systematic survey in 2001-2003 in the Luoyang Basin, Henan”(first author). Chinese Archaeology, vol. 5.
2005.“A preliminary investigation of the settlement pattern of the Erlitou Site”(first author). Chinese Archaeology, vol. 5.
2004. “Henan YanshishiErlitouyizhisihaohangtujizhifajuejianbao (Excavation of No.4 rammed-earth foundation on the Erlitou Site in Yanshi, Henan)” (first author). Kaogu, vol. 11.
2004. “Erlitouyizhijuluoxingtai de chubukaocha (A preliminary study into the settlement pattern of the Erlitou Site)” (first author). Kaogu, vol. 11.
2004. “Erlitouyizhifajue he yanjiu de huiguyusikao (Review and consideration on the the excavation and study of the Erlitou Site)”. Kaogu, vol. 11.
2004. “Lizhiyicunyuliyuewenhua de qiyuan (The ritual remains and the origin of rite and music culture)”. Gudaiwenming, vol. 3. Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House.
2004. “LüelunErlitoushidai (On the Erlitou Age)”. 2004nian Anyang Yinshangwenmingguojixueshuyantaohuilunwenji (International Symposium of Yin-Shang Civilization, Anyang, 2004). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press.
2001. “‘Lianxu’zhong de ‘duanlie’—guanyuZhongguowenmingyuzaoqiguojiaxingchengguocheng de sikao (‘Disruptions’ in the ‘continuity’—some thoughts regarding the formation process of Chinese civilization and early states)”. Wenwu, vol. 2.
2000.“Dongzhoukaoguxueyanjiu de huiguyuzhanwang (Retrospect and perspective of Eastern Zhou archaeology)”. Zhongguokaoguxuekuashiji de huiguyuqianzhan (Retrospect and perspective of Chinese archaeology on the eve of new century). Beijing: Science Press.
1999. “Lun Xia-Shang-Xizhousandaichengshizhitezhi (On the characteristics of Xia-Shang-Western Zhou urban centers)”. SandaiWenmingYanjiu, vol. I. Beijing: Science Press.
1999. “Yanxiaduyingjianguocheng de kaoguxuekaocha (Archaeological investigation of the construction process of the Lower Capital of the Yan state)”. Kaogu, vol. 4.
1996. “Nihon no soukitoshinikansiluichikousatsi—hikakubunmeishi no shitenkara (The early cities of Japan—from the perspective of comparison of history of civilizations)”. Komazawashigaku《駒澤史學》(Tokyo), vol. 49.
1995. “KyokufuLokokukojyoomeigulushyomondai (On issues of the Qufu city site of Lu state)”.Toyo gakuho《東洋學報》(Tokyo), vol. 77, nos. 1, 2.
1989. “Lüelunwoguoshiqianshiqiwengguanzang (On prehistoric urn-burials of China)”. Kaogu, vol. 4.
Professor Xu Hong can be reached by:
Mailing address: 27 WangfujingDajie, 100710, Beijing, P.R. China