© Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 4, 1–4 THE XIA-SHANG-ZHOU CHRONOLOGY PROJECT: METHODOLOGY AND RESULTS BY LI XUEQIN ቦણ՝ (Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) Translated by Sarah Allan (Dartmouth College) Abstract The Xia-Shang-Zhou Chronology Project is a multidisciplinary research program that began in 1996. The ultimate goal of the Chronology Project is to provide a scientifi cally based absolute chronology of the Xia, Shang, and Western Zhou, the three earliest dynasties in Chinese history. The Chronology Project has involved the collaboration of more than 200 specialists in the fi elds of archaeology, history, astronomy, and ra- diocarbon dating from about 30 institutes and universities. Forty-four topics organized under nine themes, each with explicit, realizable goals, were set up to implement the Chronology Project. After more than four years of study, a new chron o log i cal chart of the Three Dynasties was derived and disseminated in the autumn of 2000. The new chart offers the exact reigns of nine late Shang kings and ten Western Zhou kings, and a framework for the chro nol o gy of early Shang and Xia. Some important datum points of the chronology are: the beginning of Xia and that
Journal of East Asian Archaeology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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