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Kuan-Wen Wang
Kuan-Wen Wang
Position: Assistant Research Fellow
Tel: 02-26523191
Email: kwnwang@asihp.net

* Academic Experience

Education
Ph.D., Dept. of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, U.K. (2016)
M.A., Institute of Archaeology, University College London, U.K. (2009)
B.A., Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2007)

Current Position
Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (2018.7.1- )

Previous Position
Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Scholars (2017.07.01-2018.06.30)

* Research Overview

Bridging Sciences and Humanities

Archaeological science has become an essential subject of archaeological research. Since 2007, I started to do archaeology with my material science background. My interest lies in the cultural, social and economic interaction reflected by artefacts in past societies, using scientific methods as research approach. My major research field is in Taiwan, but I also explore the overseas interaction between Taiwan, Southeast Asia and East Asia.

My recent research focuses on the glass artefacts in prehistoric Taiwan and the South China Sea region. By using scientific techniques such as electron microscope and LA-ICP-MS, I integrate the analytical data with archaeological context and establish a preliminary temporal and spatial distribution of glass beads in Iron Age Taiwan. I also discuss the production, consumption and exchange of glass beads in Taiwan and the South China Sea region, together with the related interaction between communities. My future research will be based on this study and focuses on three major aspects. Firstly, I would like to do a more comprehensive and detailed study of glass artefacts from different regions in Taiwan, in order to understand the interaction between Taiwan, Southeast Asia and China. Secondly, I would like to study the cultural relationship and practice between prehistoric glass beads and the heirloom beads in aboriginal societies. Thirdly, I would like to continue my research on reconstructing the glass production around the South China Sea region, to investigate its development and the possible cross-regional exchange of knowledge between Southeast Asia and South Asia. In addition, I will use different analytical methods (e.g. isotope analysis) to obtain information from different perspectives, and also apply the scientific analysis on other inorganic materials such as metal and jade.

* Publications
 
Dissertation ▼
  1. Wang, K.-W. 2009. The Study of Early Islamic Alkali Glaze in Medieval Central Asia. 152 pages. MSc dissertation, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
  2. Wang, K.-W. 2016. Cultural and Socio-economic Interaction Reflected by Glass Beads in Early Iron Age Taiwan. 345 pages. PhD thesis, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.

 

Journal Articles ▼
  1. Wang, K.-W., Y.-S. Wang, and S. Chiu*. 2012. The behaviour of calcareous temper and salt on pottery firing. In Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology 77: 1-22. (in Chinese) (*: corresponding author)
  2. Wang, K.-W.and C. Jackson. 2014. A review of glass compositions around the South China Sea region (the late 1st millennium BC to the 1st millennium AD): placing Iron Age glass beads from Taiwan in context, in Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology 34: 51-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.7152/jipa.v34i0.14701
  3. Wang, K.-W*. 2018. Glass beads in Iron Age and early modern Taiwan: an introduction. BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers 30: 16-30.
  4. 王冠文*、李坤修、陳光祖、飯塚義之、C. Jackson,2018,〈由舊香蘭遺址玻璃質遺留的原料及工藝談玻璃珠的交換〉,《考古人類學刊》 89:57-92。
  5. Wang, K.-W.*, Y. Iizuka, Y.-K. Hsieh, K.-H. Lee, K.-T. Chen, C.-F. Wang and C. Jackson.* 2019. The anomaly of glass beads and glass beadmaking waste at Jiuxianglan, Taiwan, in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11: 1391-1405. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-017-0593-3

 

Conference Papers ▼
  1. Chen, T.-H., K.-W. Wang, Y.-P. Wang, P.-K. Tseng, J.-F. Lee, M.-T. Tang, P.-C. Shu, 2007. Studies of Chinese celadon by SR-based techniques, paper presented in the 2nd Asia-Oceania Forum for Synchrotron Radiation Research (AOFSRR), Hsinchu, Taiwan, 1-2 November.
  2. Wang, K.-W., C. Henshaw, and Th. Rehren, 2009. Early Islamic Mixed Alkali Glazes in Central Asia, paper presented in European meeting on ancient ceramics, London, UK, 10-13 September.
  3. Wang, K.-W., Y.-S. Wang and S. Chiu, 2011. The influence of shell temper on the physical properties of pottery, paper presented in 2010 Annual Meeting of Taiwan Archaeology, Taitung, Taiwan, 28-30 May. (oral)
  4. Chao, C.-Y. and K.-W. Wang, 2012. The appearance of glass beads in prehistoric Taiwan and their significance in the South China Sea region: A Pilot Study, paper presented in International Conference on Cross-regional Comparison of Ancient Migration and Exchange Patterns, Taipei, Taiwan, 1-3 September. (oral)
  5. Wang, K.-W., Caroline Jackson, Yoshiyuki Iizuka and Kun-hsiu Lee. 2014. Preliminary scientific analysis of Iron Age glass beads from Chiuhsianglan, Taiwan, in International Symposium on Archaeometry 2014, Los Angeles, USA, 19-23 May.
  6. Wang, K.-W. 2014. Tracing glass beads in early Iron Age Taiwan (the 1st millennium AD), paper presented in Taiwan Scientific Symposium in Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 29 November.
  7. Wang, K.-W., C. Jackson, Y. Iizuka and Y. Hsieh. 2015. Chemical analysis of Iron Age glass beads from Kiwulan, Taiwan, paper presented in 15th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Paris, France, 6-10 July.
  8. Wang, K.-W. 2015. The consumption and exchange of Iron Age glass beads in northern and northeastern Taiwan, paper presented in ShOx: the joint Sheffield Oxford seminar on Cultural Materials, Sheffield, UK, 6 November.
  9. Wang, K.-W., K.-T. Li, Y. Iizuka and C. Jackson. 2016. Chemical composition of glass bead in Kueishan site, southern Taiwan (the late 1st millennium AD), paper presented in International Symposium on Archaeometry 2016, Kalamata, Greece, 15-21 May.
  10. Li, K.-T., K.-W. Wang, Y. Iizuka and C. Jackson, 2016. The interaction between southern and eastern coastal Taiwan in Iron Age, paper presented in Archaeological Cultures of Eastern Taiwan around 1000 BP, Taipei, Taiwan, 15 November.
  11. Wang, K.-W., K.-H. Lee, K.-T. Chen, Y. Iizuka and C. Jackson, 2017. Electron microprobe analysis on glass artefacts from Jiuxianglan, paper presented in 2016 Annual Meeting of Taiwan Archaeology, Taichung, Taiwan, 7-8 July. (oral)
  12. Wang, K.-W., C. Jackson, Y. Iizuka and Y.-K. Hsieh. 2017. The production of m-Na-Al glass: a perspective using glass beads in Iron Age Taiwan, paper presented in the History of Asian Casting Technology, Taipei Meeting, Taipei Taiwan, 25-26 August.
  13. Wang, K.-W. and K.-S. Lee, 2017. Glass production and exchange around the South China Sea region: a pilot study using glass remains at Jiuxianglan, paper presented in International Conference of Austronesian Culture 2017, Taitung, Taiwan, 14-17 November.
  14. Wang, K.-W., Y. Iizuka, Y.-K. Hsieh and C. Jackson, 2018. The regional and temporal distribution of glass beads in early Iron Age Taiwan, paper presented in Glass in Archaeology and History: Cultural, Economic and Artistic Exchanges, Taipei, Taiwan, 27-28 March.
  15. Wang, K.-W., Y. Iizuka, Y.-K. Hsieh and C. Jackson. 2018. The plant ash glass around the South China Sea region: a perspective from glass beads in Iron Age Taiwan, paper to be presented in the Conference of Archaeology for the 90th Anniversary of the Institute of History and Philology, Taipei, Taiwan, 14 September. 
  16. Wang, K.-W., Y. Iizuka and C. Jackson. 2018. The copper-colouring m-Na-Al glass around the South China Sea region: a new perspective, paper to be presented in the 21st Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Conference, Hue, Vietnam, 23-28 September.
  17. Wang, K.-W. 2018. Regional interaction reflected by glass beads in early Iron Age Taiwan, paper presented in Maritime Exchanges and Localizations across the South China Sea, 500 BC-500 AD, Tainan, Taiwan, 9-11 November.
  18. Wang, K.-W., C. Jackson, Y. Iizuka, Y.-K. Hsieh. 2019. The circulation of plant ash glass around the South China Sea: a perspective of plant ash glass from Taiwan, paper to be presented in the 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology (SPAFACON2019), Bangkok, Thailand, 17-21 June. (Scheduled)

 

Other Writings ▼
  1. Wang, K.-W.  2017. Travel through time: archaeology and chemical analysis. In Science Monthly 576: 908-911. (in Chinese)
  2. Wang, K.-W. 2017. Archaeological research and the society: the information revealed by chemical composition of artefacts. In Science Development 540: 32-36. (in Chinese)
  3. Wang, K.-W. 2015. Scientific analysis of Iron Age glass beads from Taiwan, in SAS Bulletin 38 (3): 1-3.
  4. Wang, K.-W. 2014. Glass beads in early Iron Age Taiwan (the 1st millennium AD), in Glass News 35: 9-11.

 

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