Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Shixia Yang

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena


Dr. Shixia Yang

Dr. Shixia Yang

Dr. Shixia Yang


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Main Focus

Paleolithic; East  Asia ; raw material sourcing; lithic technology ; environmental adaptation

Curriculum Vitae


2010/09~ 2015.07    Ph.D. Natural Science (Paleontology and Stratigraphy), Institute of    

                               Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Science

2014/09~2015/04     Visiting Ph.D candidate in Bordeux University, France (supported by Sino-                                 French  Program Cai Yuanpei)

2006/09~2010.06     B.A. Archaeology, Sun Yat-sen University

Professional experience

2018/1~              Associate researcher, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and

                           Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Science

2017/07~2017/12    Assistant researcher, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and

                               Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Science

 2015/07~2017.12    Postdoc fellow, Assistant researcher, Institute of Geology   

                                and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Science

Research Grants and Fellowship

2018/1-2019/12.  Humboldt Research Foundation

2017/1-2019/12.  Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (No. 41602021): Early human   behaviors and Environmental Effects of Early Man Sites in the Nihewan Basin, North China.

Selected publications

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

Yang S X, Zhang Y X, Li Y Q, et al. Environmental change and raw material selection strategies at Taoshan: a terminal Late Pleistocene to Holocene site in northeastern China, Journal of Quaternary Science, 2017, 32(5) 553–563.

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., 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., 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,

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., 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)

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.

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[J]. Quaternary Geochronology, 30:479-486

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department of Archaeology
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