Lothar von Falkenhausen is Distinguished 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.  A sequel entitled Economic Trends in China During the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence is forthcoming.  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 was Associate Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA from 2004-2014.  In the past, he has served on the Scientific Council of the French School of Far Eastern Studies and on President Obama’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. He is a Full Member of the German Archaeological Institute; a Honorary Research Fellow of the Shaanxi Archaeological Academy; a Honorary Professor of Zhejiang University; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society; and a Corresponding Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres (Institut de France).


Ph.D. Harvard University, 1988




  • 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: Art, Technology, and Economics in pre-Imperial China
  • 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)
  • Archaeological Perspectives on the History of Science in Ancient China (Graduate Seminar)

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