Location: Xi'an, China
The Yangguanzhai Neolithic site in the Wei River Valley was discovered in 2004. Located in the area from which the earliest Chinese dynasties emerged, the site contains rich deposits of Neolithic houses, storage pits, ceramic kilns, children’s burials, trash pits, and a large moat. Excavated artifacts include decorated and undecorated pottery, stone tools, and various ornaments made of stone, ceramic, bone, and shell. Yangguanzhai is located in the central area of what archeologists call the “Yangshao Culture Miaodigou Phase” and provides essential information of Neolithic settlement, social organization, economic, and possibly ritual activities. Excavations and lectures during the 2013 season will provide vital insight into the prehistoric Chinese past.
Period(s) of Occupation: Yangshao, Neolithic
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will stay in the Cuiyuan Hotel at Xi’bei University, Xi’an, for the first week. While working at Yangguanzhai, students will stay at the Mingzhu Hotel, which is a 15 minute drive to the site. Both hotels are double occupancy, air-conditioned with private showers and toilets.
Food is provided Monday through Saturday (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Students are responsible for their own meals on Sundays.
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.