Dian Lake Region, China

Alice Yao has been conducting different archaeological projects in the Dian Lake Region of southwest China for several years. After completing a regional survey in the Dian basin she has now begun field excavations at several Bronze Age and Han imperial settlements in this region. This current research incorporates archaeobotanical, land use, and paleoenvironmental data to address the transformation of frontier landscapes, examining especially how different ecologies, botanicals, and climates shaped imperial workings of geography and territoriality as the powerful Dian Kingdom emerged out of a prior Bronze Age polity.

Dian Excavation 2014
Dian Lake
Qing Era Temple Stele
Sorting Flotation Samples
Excavating a Well
Dian Excavation 2014
Dian Excavation 2014
Local Dian Temple
Han Imperial Tiles
Lake Cores
Augering 2010
Augering
Fieldwalking