Dr. Shixia Yang

Research Associate
Department of Archaeology
+49 3641 686-754

Main Focus

Shixia Yang’s current research focuses on stone tool production techniques, raw material sourcing and human adaptation to different environments in East Asia.

Curriculum Vitae

Shixia Yang, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has been granted a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History from year of 2017 to 2019.  Shixia YANG obtained her BSc in history (majoring archeology) from the Sun Yat-sen University in 2010.  Out of interests on human evolution, she later began graduate studies in Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology (IVPP), CAS, and then she defended her PhD at IVPP in April of 2015. Afterward, she moved to Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, and finished two years post-doctoral fellowship there. In July of 2017, she returned to IVPP, CAS and currently is an associate Professor on Paleolithic archaeology.


Hou, Y.M., Yang, S.X., Dong, W., Zhang, J.F., 2013. Late Pleistocene representative sites in North China and their indication for evolutionary human behavior. Quaternary International. 295(8), 183-190.

Yang S.X., Huang, W.W., Hou, Y.M., Yuan, B.Y., 2014. Is the Dingcun lithic assembly a “chopper-choppingtool industry”, or “Late Acheulian”? Quaternary International, 321,   3—11.

Yang S.X., Zhang Y. X., Zhu T. Q., Hou Y. M., Zhou T.,2014. Provenancing hornfels in the Dingcun industry: The exploitation of the vicinity source, Quaternary International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.017

Zhang J F, Huang W W, Hu Y, Yang, S.X., Zhou L P, 2015.Optical dating of flowstone and silty carbonate-rich sediments from Panxian Dadong Cave, Guizhou, southwestern China. Quaternary Geochronology, 30:479-486

Yang, S.X., Hou Y.M., Pelegrin J., 2015. Brief review of lithic experimental replication and its application to the knapping of hornfels artefacts. Acta Anthropologica Sinica, 34(4):492-502. (in Chinese)

Yang S.X., Hou Y.M., Pelegrin J., 2016. A Late Acheulean Culture on the Chinese Loess Plateau: The techno-economic behavior of the Dingcun lithic industry, Quaternary International, 400: 73-85.

Yang S.X., Hou Y. M., Yue J. P., Petraglia M. D., Deng C. L., Zhu R. X., 2016. The lithic assemblages of Xiaochangliang, Nihewan Basin: implications for Early Pleistocene hominin behaviour in North China, PLoS ONE, 11(5): e0155793, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155793

Yang S. X., Zhang Y. X., Li Y.Q., Zhao C., Li X.Q., Yue J.P., HOu Y.M., Dengue C.L., Zhu R. X., Petraglia M. D. 2017. Environmental change and raw material selection strategies at Taoshan: a terminal Late Pleistocene to Holocene site in north‐eastern China, Journal of Quaternary Science, 32(5) 553–563.

Yang S. X., Petraglia M. D., Hou Y. M., Yue J.P., Deng C.L. 2017.The lithic assemblages of Donggutuo, Nihewan   basin: Knapping skills of early pleistocene hominins in North China, Plos One, 12(9):e0185101.

Liu L.Q., Wang F.G., Yang S.X., Yue J.P. 2018. A preliminary report on the stone artifacts of 2016 897 excavation of Maliang Locality 10 in the Nihewan Basin. Acta Anthropol Sin 37:419-427.( in Chinese)

Zhu Z.Y., Dennell R., Huang W.W., Wu Y., Qiu S.F., Yang S.X., Rao Z.G., Hou Y. M.,Xie J.B., Han J.W., Ouyang T.P. 2018. Hominin occupation of the Chinese Loess Plateau since about 2.1 million years ago. Naure, 559, 608–612

Yue J.P., Yang S.X., Hou Y.M., Potter A.B., Li Q.Q., Chang Y. 2018. Late Pleistocene lithic technology and human adaptation in Northeast China: A case study from Taoshan site. Quaternary International   DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2018.11.030

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