Tibetan prehistory, Archaeobotany, Spread of crops, Pastoralism, High altitude adaptation, Ethnography
Li Tang received her BA in Archaeology from Shandong University and her MA in Archaeology from Sichuan University. Her master thesis, "Early pastoralism on the Middle Branch of Yarlung Zangbo River Region, 1st Millennium BC: The ethnographical and archaeobotanical evidence from Bangga site", was the first study to apply archaeobotanical analysis, using both macro-botanical and phytolith methods, to ancient botanical and sheep dung remains from prehistoric Tibet. This work allowed her to explore the develop of early agriculture and pastoralism on Tibetan Plateau.
As a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History Li Tang’s research focuses on the use of plant and animal resources by ancient Tibetans who lived on the high altitude plateau. She is especially interested in exploring how early agriculture appear and developed in Tibet, how ancient herders used the landscape for pastoralism, and how secondary animal products (dairy and dung) may have been exploited.