Dr. Robert E. Murowchick

International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History
Boston University
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Prof. Robert E. Murowchick, Director

Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology
Office: 650 Beacon St., Room 508
Phone: 617-358-8000; Fax: 617-358-8008
E-mail: "remurow" in the @bu.edu domain

Dr. Murowchick is Director of the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH) at Boston University, where he also serves as Asistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology.
He is one of the founding editors of the Journal of East Asian Archaeology (JEAA) which is edited at BU and published by Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden. He is also an Associate in East Asian Archaeology at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Dr. Murowchick served as Associate Director of Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning from 1990-1992, and then concurrently as Associate Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and of the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies from 1992-1996.

He is married with two sons, and resides in Needham, Massachusetts, where he serves on the Steering Committee for the Asian Studies Curriculum for the Needham Public Schools.

Education: Professor Murowchick earned a B.A. in Archaeology from Yale College, and an M.A. in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation, "The Ancient Bronze Metallurgy of Yunnan and Its Environs," combined ethnographic and archaeological data with laboratory analyses to examine the relationship between the Bronze Age cultures of southwest China and Vietnam. Dr. Murowchick lived and taught in Wuhan, China, from 1981-1983 as a Yale-China Fellow.

Research Interests and Fieldwork : Dr. Murowchick's principal research interests include the development of early metallurgy in China and Southeast Asia, archaeological remote sensing (particularly the use of aerial and satellite imagery), and the relationship among politics, nationalism, and archaeological research. Since 1991, Dr. Murowchick has served as Co-Investigator and then as Co-Principal Investigator of the collaborative archaeological field program Investigations into Early Shang Civilization, between the Peabody Museum (Harvard University) and the Institute of Archaeology (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing). This ongoing project is tracing the origins of the Shang civilization through an interdisciplinary program of geological testing and landscape reconstruction, geophysical remote sensing, and archaeological excavation focused on the region of Shangqiu County in eastern Henan Province, China.

Courses Offered in the Department of Archaeology:

AR240 The Archaeology of Ancient China

AR 390 / AR 790 The Archaeology of Southeast Asia

AR 795 Politics, Nationalism, and Archaeology


Representative Publications:

"Heritage Protection," in David Pong (Editor-in-Chief), The Encyclopedia of Modern China. Charles Scribner’s Sons [in press]

(Senior Consultant) National Geographic Investigates Ancient China: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of China’s Past, by Jacqueline Ball and Richard Levey. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2006.

“The Excitement and the Challenge of Understanding China’s Past,” in Elizabeth Nelson et al., The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China, pp. xxi-xxvi. Boston: Cheng and Tsui Co, 2006.

"Jinshi wu sheng, kou zhi ze ming: Yige xuesheng de zhuinian 金石無聲, 扣之則鳴:一個學生的追念 [Bronze and stone have no sound, but striking them brings forth their voice: A student’s remembrance]” (in Chinese), in Sun Xiaolin 孫曉林 (ed.), Si hai wei jia: Zhuinian kaogu xuejia Zhang Guangzhi xiansheng 四海為家:追念考古學家張光直[Remembering Kwang-Chih Chang, Archaeologist and Anthropologist], pp. 273-279. Beijing: Sanlian Press, 2002.

(with Lothar Falkenhausen and Chen Xingcan) "Zhang Guangzhi zuopin mulu 張光直作品目錄 [A Bibliography of the writings of Kwang-chih Chang]," in Sun Xiaolin (ed.), Si hai wei jia: Zhuinian kaogu xuejia Zhang Guangzhi xiansheng [Remembering Kwang-Chih Chang, Archaeologist and Anthropologist], pp. 323-353. Beijing: Sanlian Press, 2002.

"The Political and Ritual Significance of Bronze Production in ancient Yunnan," Journal of East Asian Archaeology, 2001, vol. 3(1-2):133-192.

Co-editor (with David J. Cohen), New Research Trends in the Archaeology of China: A Tribute to K. C. Chang. Special issue of The Review of Archaeology, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Fall 2001) (Williamstown, MA).

(co-authored with David J. Cohen). “Searching for Shang’s Beginnings: Great City Shang, City Song, and Collaborative Archaeology in Shangqiu, Henan.” The Review of Archaeology, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Fall 2001), pp. 47-61.

"The State of Sino-Foreign Collaborative Archaeology in the PRC," Orientations, June 1997: 26-33

"Hemudu" and "Liangzhu" site entries in the multi-volume Dictionary of Art. (Edited by Jane Turner; London: MacMillan Publishers, and New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 1996)

1994 (Contributing Editor). China: Ancient Culture, Modern Land (in the series, The Cradles of Civilization). Sydney: Weldon Russell Publishing Company. Published in the US by the University of Oklahoma Press; published in Spanish as Cunas de la civilización China (Barcelona); in German as China: Ein geschichtlicher und kultureller Streifzug durch die Jahrtausende (Orbis Verlag); and in French as Chine terre de civilizations (Éditions Bordas).

"The Interplay of Bronze and Ritual in ancient Southwest China" Journal of Metals, February 1990, vol. 42(2): 44-47

"A Curious Sort of Yankee: Personal and Professional Notes on Jeffries Wyman (1814-1874)" Southeastern Archaeology, Summer 1990, vol. 9(1): 55-66

"The Development of Early Bronze Metallurgy in Vietnam and Kampuchea: A Re-examination of Recent Work," In In Robert Maddin (ed.), The Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys, pp. 182-199. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1988.

"An Examination of some Early Bronzes from Samreng Sen, Kampuchea." Historical Metallurgy (London), 1988, vol. 22(1): 1-2