Richard Ehrich

Education

Prehistoric archaeology and Sinology, Freie Universität

Areas of Interest

Prehistoric China; the Neolithic along the Yangzi River; ceramic analysis; the concept of "archaeological cultures"

Profile

Richard Ehrich is a native of Berlin, Germany, where he studied prehistoric archaeology and Sinology at the Freie Universität. He attended Shandong University for one year to study language, and his frequent visits to China include two survey seasons in Sichuan province. Richard has also participated in the excavation of a Chalcolithic tell settlement at Pietrele, Romania, which has sparked his interest in neolithization and the emergence of complex societies. Attracted by some ground-breaking new discoveries in southwest China, he examined the Neolithic of Sichuan in his master’s thesis and intends to keep this region as the subject of his graduate studies. In keeping with his focus on Chinese prehistory, he will work with Dr. Lothar von Falkenhausen at University of California Los Angeles.

Research

Neolithic of Sichuan

Field Experience

China, two survey seasons in Sichuan province.

Excavation of a Chalcolithic tell settlement at Pietrele, Romania.

Advisors

Dr. Lothar von Falkenhausen