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The Cangdong Village Project was developed to investigate the material practices of Cangdong Village residents during the Late Qing Dynasty (1875-1912) and Early Republic Period (1912-1927).


The project is a transnational, interdisciplinary partnership of researchers from both China and the United States, including historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, folklife specialists, botanists, and zoologists.


We conducted surface studies of Cangdong Village in December 2016. Based on these studies, we selected four locations for subsurface testing in December 2017. The test units encountered deposits of household materials from the Late Qing Dynasty (1875–1912) and early Republic Period (1912–1941). Then we analyzed these artifacts to better understand how village residents lived during these periods and how their lives were influenced by migration. The findings of the Cangdong Village Project are also being used by researchers in the United States to understand the cultural backgrounds of 19th century Chinese migrants.

田野工作者们在仓东村 | Field researchers at Cangdong Village.
田野工作者们在仓东村 | Field researchers at Cangdong Village.

Project Partners

Guangdong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology


Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center at Wuyi University in Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province


Stanford Archaeology Center at Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America


Funding provided by

  • 五邑大学( 广东侨乡文化研究中心)
    Wuyi University (Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center)
  • 斯坦福大学(国际事务办公室,社会科学研究所,Freeman-Spogli 研究所中国基金会,环境人类学 Lang 基金会,人类学系,斯坦福考古中心)
    Stanford University (Office of International Affairs, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Freeman-Spogli Institute China Fund; Lang Fund for Environmental Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Stanford Archaeology Center, UPS Fund)
  • Wenner-Gren人类学研究基金会
    The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.


Cooperating Organizations

Cangdong Village Heritage Education Project, Stanford University Department of Anthropology, Stanford University Center for East Asian Studies; Phoenix Travel.


Affiliated Projects