The Origins of Chinese Civilization with Charles Higham

The Origins of Chinese Civilization with Charles Higham


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How did civilizations emerge in China? This seminar will trace the fundamental foundations of early states–the domestication of millet and rice. We’ll learn how this evolved to the rise of complex societies that have proved the longest-lived that we know of so far. This seminar is the perfect fit for anyone with an interest in civilizations and their intriguing evolutions.

How does a civilization begin? This is one of the fundamental questions confronted by archaeologists. All civilizations have in common, social inequality. So we have to ask, what led members of a society to accept a lower status, while kings ruled over them?

In China, we must first find out when and how two vital plants were domesticated: millet in the Yellow River region and rice in the Yangtze valley. We can then explore the upshot. We’ll learn how in the former region, it was not long before we find elite burials of the new ruling class, palaces, sumptuous burials. What has come recently as a surprise, is to find that other civilizations rose at the same time further south, for example in the great city of Sanxingdui in Sichuan.

Led by an expert on Eastern civilizations, this interactive seminar will deepen our understanding of the origins of Chinese civilization. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased insight into how the longest-living civilizations (that we know of today) came into existence.

Charles Higham is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is an archaeologist with a particular interest in the origins of Southeast Asian civilizations. His excavations in Thailand and Cambodia have greatly increased our understanding of how the great Kingdom of Angkor began, how God-Kings were revered, and with a climatic deterioration, how it came to an end.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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S. (Minneapolis, US)
Excellent Program

Great information and beautiful photos of archaeological digs from early China. Enjoyed this immensely!

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Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Elegant and fascinating

Prof Higham way of teaching is clear, simple and elegant.

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Edie Tashma (St Louis, US)
OUTSTANDING!

i so wish Dr. Higham had been an instructor for my Oct. 2019 month long tour of China. I will no longer travel with the company, ANDANTE which sponsored the trip. The guides were second class at best and management was awful! Dr, Higham shed clear and concise on many of the treasures I had seen!

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Deborah Schoenfeld
Informative and fascinating info about early Chinese origins and the archaeological findings

Great! “What is the one factor needed for a civilization to exist?” I won’t tell you what Professor Higham says, but it is quite thought-provoking, as is the seminar. A look at four ancient sites, along with fascinating archaeological findings. More than just a narrative, this seminar is a very engaging and revelatory experience. I highly recommend it!

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Robin (Harrison, US)

unique opportunity to hear first hand about Charles Higham's archaeological digs.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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S. (Minneapolis, US)
Excellent Program

Great information and beautiful photos of archaeological digs from early China. Enjoyed this immensely!

P
Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Elegant and fascinating

Prof Higham way of teaching is clear, simple and elegant.

E
Edie Tashma (St Louis, US)
OUTSTANDING!

i so wish Dr. Higham had been an instructor for my Oct. 2019 month long tour of China. I will no longer travel with the company, ANDANTE which sponsored the trip. The guides were second class at best and management was awful! Dr, Higham shed clear and concise on many of the treasures I had seen!

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Deborah Schoenfeld
Informative and fascinating info about early Chinese origins and the archaeological findings

Great! “What is the one factor needed for a civilization to exist?” I won’t tell you what Professor Higham says, but it is quite thought-provoking, as is the seminar. A look at four ancient sites, along with fascinating archaeological findings. More than just a narrative, this seminar is a very engaging and revelatory experience. I highly recommend it!

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Robin (Harrison, US)

unique opportunity to hear first hand about Charles Higham's archaeological digs.