Lothar von Falkenhausen


Ph.D. Harvard University, 1988
Phone 310-206-6905
Email lothar@humnet.ucla.edu
Office Dodd 221C
Office Hours: Varies by quarter


Lothar von Falkenhausen is Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History at UCLA, where he has taught since 1993. He was educated at Bonn University, Peking University, Kyoto University, and Harvard University, and received his PhD in anthropology from Harvard in 1988. His research concerns the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age, focusing on large interdisciplinary and historical issues on which archaeological materials can provide significant new information. He has published copiously on musical instruments, including a book, Suspended Music: Chime Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China (1993); Chinese bronzes and their inscriptions; Chinese ritual; regional cultures; trans-Asiatic contacts; the history of archaeology in East Asia; and method and theory in East Asian archaeology. His Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence (2006) received the Society for American Archaeology Book Award. Falkenhausen was co-Principal Investigator of an international archaeological project on ancient salt production in the Yangzi River basin (1999-2004) and is presently serving as Instructor of Record of the International Archaeological Field School at Yangguanzhai (2010-). He serves on the Scientific Council of the French School of Far Eastern Studies and on President Obama’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. He is a Member of the German Archaeological Institute; a Honorary Research Fellow of the Shaanxi Archaeological Academy; a Honorary Professor of Zhejiang University; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



  • Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, 2006 (Japanese and Korean translations published, Chinese translation forthcoming)
  • Suspended Music: Chime-Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1993.
  • World Antiquarianism (co-editor, with Alain Schnapp, Peter Miller, and Tim Murray), Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute Press, 2013. (French translation in progress.)
  • Salt Archaeology in China / Zhongguo yanye kaogu 中國鹽業考古, 3 v. (co-editor, with Li Shuicheng). Beijing: Kexue Chubanshe, 2006, 2009, 2013.
    Birth of an Empire: The State of Qin Revisited (co-editor, with Yuri Pines, Gideon Shelach, and Robin D. S. Yates). Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013.
  • The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors 2 v. (editor), Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2010, 2011.
  • “The Royal Audience and Its Reflections in Western Zhou Bronze Inscriptions.” In Writing and Literacy in Early China, Li Feng and David Prager Branner (eds.), pp. 239-270. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 2011.
  • “Preliminary Remarks on the Bronze Age of the Upper Han River Basin / Hanshui shangyou qingtongshidai chulun” 漢水上游青銅時代初論 (Chinese text translated by Kuei-chen Lin). In Hanzhong chutu Shang dai qingtongqi 漢中出土商代青銅器 v. 4, Cao Wei 曹瑋 (ed.), pp. 378-469. Chengdu: Ba Shu Shushe, 2011.
  • “The Bronzes of Ying and Their Inscriptions.” In Zhongguo gudai qingtongqi guoji yantaohui lunwenji 中國古代青銅器國際研討會論文集 (Collected Studies on Ancient Chinese Bronzes), Jenny So et al. (ed.), pp. 89-160. Shanghai: Shanghai Bowuguan, and Hong Kong: Xianggang Zhongwen Daxue Wenwuguan, 2010.
  • “From Action to Image in Early Chinese Art.” Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie 17 (2010): 51-91 (Festschrift Prof. Lothar Ledderose, Lothar von Falkenhausen [ed.])
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  • Art and Material Culture of Early China (6000-221 BC) (Upper-Division lecture course)
  • Art and Material Culture of Early Imperial China (221 BC-AD 906) (Upper-Division lecture course)
  • Art Historical Theories and Methods (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Undergraduate Seminar: Chinese Bronzes
  • Chinese Art (Lower-Division Survey)



  • Core Seminar in Archaeology, part II (“Humanistic Archaeology”)
  • History and Archaeology Along the Ancient ‘Silk Routes’ (Graduate Seminar)
  • Cosmology in the Art of Early Imperial China (Graduate Seminar)
  • The City in Ancient East Asia (Graduate Seminar)
  • Archaeology and Art of Chinese Buddhism (Graduate Seminar)