As the new academic year approaches, we are pleased to announce an exciting line-up of events at the
Wee Kim Wee Centre.
The Terra Cotta Army is arguably the most famous archaeological site in the world, the First Emperor of China built his terracotta army that would protect him from evil spirits in the afterlife. These terracotta warrior figures are deemed to be an extraordinary feat of mass-production in which these 7000 soldiers were crafted with distinct facial features such that every soldier looks exceptionally different. When the emperor died, he did not only bring clay soldiers along with him, but an entire political system.
Join our distinguished speakers who will delve deeper into this archaeological mystery to unlock the secrets of this accomplishment. Their presentations will give insights on the history of China, the terracotta army and other exciting discoveries in the emperor’s tomb. This talk provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about an empire that can match up to Rome, and also to understand China’s past & its possible future.
Professor Zhang Wei Xing will be providing an Interpretation of archaeological discoveries in recent years. Professor Patrick Quinn will share about “Building the Terracotta Army: Ceramic Craft Technology and Organisation of Production at Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Complex, China”. While, Professor Marcos Matinon-Torres will unveil about how technological knowledge, raw materials and labour force were organised to create such a colossal construction in just a few decades over 2,000 years ago.
Zhang Weixing graduated from the Northwestern University in 1995, specialising in Archeology. He received his PhD in 2005. He was appointed as a Researcher in 2010. Zhang is now the Head of the Archaeology Department in Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum Site Museum. He has long been engaged in the archaeological works of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum. In recent years, he was put in-charge of the projects under the National Social Science Foundation of China, which includes Etiquette & Order – Research on Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum and Qin Armour Research. He has participated in many international collaborative research projects, published monographs, reports and more than 90 articles. He has received numerous recognitions, which includes the top archaeology field awarded by the State Administration of the Cultural Heritage; led an archaeological research in Qinshihuang Mausoleum which became was one of the six major archaeological discoveries in 2013... Read More
Dr. Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn, Senior Research Associate in Ceramic Petrography is an archaeological scientist specialising in the analysis and interpretation of ceramics, plaster and stone. He trained as a geologist (Keele University, UK) and micropalaeontologist (UCL), before applying his skills to archaeometry and ancient ceramics (University of Sheffield, UK). Patrick utilises the compositional and microstructural signatures of ceramics from pre-contact California, the Bronze Age Aegean and prehistoric and Roman Britain to tackle a variety of archaeological themes including trade and exchange, migration, cultural interaction, craft technology, organisation of production, tradition and identity. He is a leading analyst in the versatile geoarchaeological technique of thin section ceramic petrography and has authored a key textbook on the approach.... Read More
Marcos Martinón-Torres is Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he co-ordinates an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials and leads a team of researchers working in Asia, Europe, America and Africa. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Archaeological Science and council member of the Historical Metallurgy Society, in addition to other editorial and peer-review boards. With academic degrees in history, archaeology and science, he is particularly interested in the interplay between different sources and methods to explain past technologies in their sociocultural contexts. Some of his most prominent research projects have focused on European Renaissance alchemy, and Pre-Columbian metallurgy in America. He currently leads the project “Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army”, which was adopted by the British Academy as one of its flagship projects. Strongly committed to public engagement and knowledge exchange, he has authored over 100 publications but also contributed to several mass media projects and delivered talks to all kinds of audiences in over 20 countries.... Read More