Chinese Cultural Relics

Print ISSN: 2330-5150
Online ISSN: 2330-5169
Language: English
Frequency: Quarterly


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Chinese Cultural Relics is the official English translation of the prestigious award-winning Chinese archaeology journal Wenwu (Cultural Relics). Published since the 1950s, Wenwu is well known in China and abroad for its quality articles and in-depth reporting of Chinese archaeological surveys and fieldwork. Until the publication of Chinese Cultural Relics, the information presented in this key resource has only been accessible to those who can read Chinese.

Each issue of Chinese Cultural Relics contains select content from recent issues of Wenwu. In addition to high-quality translation, each article includes the same detailed photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations as in the Chinese publication.

Chinese Cultural Relics covers a wide range of topics, including: new archaeological findings, research & exploration, archaeological preservation, bronze wares, ceramics, ancient seals & currency, grottoes & statues, bamboo slips & documents, museum exhibitions, ancient towns & villages, inscriptions & epitaphs, and archaeology of science & technology.

Chinese Cultural Relics has been Featured in:
•  Archaeology Magazine
•  Fox News
•  Hyperallergic
•  International Business Times UK
•  Live Science
•  NBC News
•  National Geographic Spain
•  Scientific American
•  Yahoo News


Jarrett A. Lobell, executive editor of Archaeology magazine

“The publication of Chinese Cultural Relics is a signal moment not only for scholars, but also for anyone interested in Chinese archaeology. For the first time, non-Chinese-speakers will have access to the highest-quality research in the field just as it was first published in the renowned journal Wenwu.”

Elinor Pearlstein, associate curator of Chinese art at The Art Institute of Chicago

“As a curator, I am dependent on the cumulative work of Chinese archaeologists to provide these objects with biographies—to evaluate their age, provenance, context, and function. Toward this end, the excavation reports and other studies published in Wenwu have been essential but challenging resources. Their publication in complete and accurate English translation, together with clear photos and line drawings, will prove invaluable for more thoughtful and accurate research.”

Indexed in: AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature (select content), Ancient Chinese Civilization Bibliography, Bibliography of Asian Studies, MLA International Bibliography

Editorial Board:

Chinese Edition
Director: Wenbin Zhang

Deputy Director: Zicheng Zhang

Members: Ji Sun, Wenming Yan, Xueqin Li, Zhongpei Zhang, Hong Yang, Xin Yang, Bai Su, Xinian Fu, Xigui Qiu

Editor-in-Chief: Guangran Zhang

Executive Editor: Xia Wang

Associate Editor-in-Chief: Guanhua Yang

Editors: Yanming Zhou, Qian Dai, Ran Wu

English Edition

Managing Editor: Garry Guan

Associate Editors: Xin Chen, Yuting Gao

Editors: Laurence Bogoslaw, David M. Hodges, Susan Huo, Rachel Turner

Production Manager: Ana K. Niedermaier

Translation Advisory Board:

Ofer Bar-Yosef, Harvard University

Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California, Los Angeles

Alexander I. Lebedintsev, Russian Academy of Sciences, Far East Branch

Yanxiang Li, University of Science & Technology, Beijing

Katheryn Linduff, University of Pittsburgh

Sarah M. Nelson, University of Denver

Gideon Shelach, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Endymion Wilkinson, Fairbank Center, Harvard University