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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM

China's Lost Civilization:
The Mystery of Sanxingdu

at Concordia University

Suzanne Cahill, Ph.D.

Department of History,
University of California,
San Diego
Dr. Cahill is the Curator of China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdu on view at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA, October 19, 2014-March 15, 2015.

The lecture will focus on the Bower's  exhibit that explores the mystery of the Sanxingdui culture.
  • In1929 a farmer living about 40km northeast of Sinchuan Province's capital city of Chengdu discovered a cache of 300-400 jade pieces.
  • In 1986 brick makers mining clay uncovered two rectangular pits filled with what are believed to be sacrificial offerings including 80 complete elephant tusks, gold items, bronze figures (one 8 feet tall), heads, masks and trees and other items unlike any seen in the area.
120 of the bronze and jade objects and a gold staff will be on display at the Bowers Museum.

Suzanne Cahill received her BA from UC Berkeley in Chinese Art History in 1968, her MA from UC Berkeley in Chinese Literature (Tang Dynasty Poetry) in 1976, and her PhD in Chinese Literature (Tang Daoist scriptures) from UC Berkeley in 1982. Important interruptions include a year at Taiwan Normal University's Mandarin Training Center (1968-69), a year in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin (1969-70), a term in the Peace Corps, Afghanistan (1970-71), and two years at Beijing University (1980-82).

She is a Tang dynasty (618-907) specialist, and an expert in Medieval China. She has published books on history, religion, literature, gender studies, and material culture. Her current long-term project is a study of material culture, specifically vehicles and clothing, during the Tang dynasty, starting with monographs on vehicles and clothing in the two official Tang histories, and moving on to consider material remains and other texts.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)