Gwen Bennett

Assistant Professor

Joint appointment with East Asian Studies
Ph.D University of California, Los Angeles, 2002

Professor Bennett has two ongoing field projects: a regional survey in Chengdu, Sichuan and a reanalysis of ceramics from 200-1200 CE collected by a regional survey in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.

Curriculum vitae

Representative Publications

1985. A Bibliography of Illinois Archaeology. (356 pages) Illinois State Museum Monographs in Archaeology 22.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals / Series:
Bennett, G.P., and Naomi Standen. 2014. “Difficult histories: changing presentations of the Liao in PRC regional museums over three decades”. Modern Asian studies. 48(6) pp. 1519-1565.

Horsley, Timothy J., Rowan K. Flad, Gwen P. Bennett, Li Shuicheng, Jiang Zhanghua et Pochan Chen. 2009. “Investigating ancient landscapes and settlement patterns in the Chengdu Plain, Sichuan, China.” Extended abstract. ArchéoSciences [En ligne] , 33 (suppl.) | 2009 , mis en ligne le 30 Octobre 2011, URL :

Chengdu Pingyuankaogu diaochadui / Chengdu Plain Archaeological Survey Project (Rowan K. Flad: Jiang Zhanghua 江章华; Gwen Bennett; Timothy Horsley; Chen Pochan 陈伯桢, Joshua Wright). 2009. Chengdu pingyuan quyu kaogu diaocha 2005-2007 / Archaeological survey in the Chengdu Plain 2005-2007. Nanfang Minzu Kaogu 南方民族考古 (Southern ethnoarchaeology) 6: 255-278.

Book Chapters:
2013. “Squeezing salt from stone: Zhongba lithics, social organization, interaction, and environmental degradation,” in Salt archaeology, Volume Three (Yanye kaogu di san ben), edited by Lothar von Falkenhausen and Li Shuicheng. Berkeley: UC Press and Beijing: Science Press.

2012. Chapter 2:“Chinese national history and identity narratives and cultural heritage interpretation in Xinjiang,” in The Archaeology of power and politics in Eurasia: regimes and revolutions, edited by Charles Hartley, G. Bike Yazıcıoğlu and Adam T. Smith. Cambridge University Press.

Bennett, G.P., and Naomi Standen. 2011. “Archaeological and historical views of the Liao (10th to 12th centuries) borderlands in northeast China”. In The Archaeology of Borderlands, edited by David Mullins, pp. 80-98. Oxbow Publishers.

2010. “Stone Tools and Style in Chinese Archaeology: Zhongba Lithic Artifacts and Cultural Interaction in the Yangzi River Valley”. In Style and Material in Bronze-Age China, edited by Ying Wang, pp. 51-75. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.

2009. “Liangchengzhen andHaidai region landscape archaeology,” In Research on the Liangchengzhen site, edited by Luan Fengshi, pp. 217-226. Beijing: Cultural Relics Press.)