Yuwei Zhou

Cohort Year: 2020
Research Interests: Early China
Education: University of California, San Diego, 2020; B.A. in History and B.S. in Mathematics-Computer Science


My research focuses on the archaeology of Bronze Age China, dealing mainly with excavated materials and bronze and bone inscriptions. I am interested in using digital humanities tools to investigate regional and local interactions. My B.A. thesis, “Reexamine Bronze Foundries in Anyang: A Study of the Bronze Production Organization in Late Shang China,” utilizes GIS and geospatial analysis to explore the limit of the current designation of “industrial zones” in Anyang. My M.A. thesis, “Was There a Clan Cemetery in Anyang: Archaeological and Statistical Approach to the Shang Mortuary Practice,” is a case study that combines statistical analysis with mortuary analysis to deconstruct the concept of “clan cemetery” in the late Shang period. My current project employs network analysis and geospatial analysis to visualize and study the social network reflected in the distribution of clan emblems in late Shang and early Zhou China. At the present, I am also participating in several projects as a geospatial analyst and data analyst outside of the field of Chinese archaeology.

 In the next stage, I hope to expand my research range to incorporate place-making theory and landscape theory to study settlement and site formation in Bronze Age China.