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Name: ZHOU Wenli

Research Fellow 

Ph.D., Professor of History, IHNS, CAS 

Residence: May, 2013– now 

Departments and research group: Department of History of Science and Technology in Pre-Modern China (Pre-Modern Department), Center of Scientific Studies on Cultural Heritage 




University College London, Ph.D. in Archaeology, 2008.9~2012. 9

Peking University, Master in Archaeology, 2005.9~2008.7

Peking University, Bachelor in Archaeology, 2001.9~2005.7


Research Interest/Areas


Zinc and brass smelting and casting technology 

Production and consumption of technical ceramics (furnaces, crucible and moulds) 

Crucible smelting technology 


Selected Publications


  1. Zhou, W., Liu, Y. and Yue, Z., 2015. Scientific studies of two types of melting vessels from Xiaomintun site, Yin Ruins, Anyang. Cultural Relics in Southern China (1), pp. 48-57 (in Chinese) 
  2. Zhou, W., Liu, Y. and Yue, Z., 2014. The discovery and understanding of melting and blasting facilities from pre-Qin bronze casting sites. In The Institute of Archaeology, CASS (ed.), Xia and Shang Cities and Culture (1), Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, pp. 394-417 (in Chinese) 
  3. Zhou, W., Liu, S., Liu, H. and Chen, J., 2014. A preliminary study of traditional Chinese crucible lead smelting technology. Studies in the History of Natural Sciences 33 (2), pp. 201-215 (in Chinese) 
  4. Zhou, W., Martinón-Torres, M., Chen, J. And Li, Y., 2014. Not so efficient, but still distilled: the technology of Qing Dynasty zinc production at Dafengmen, Chongqing, southwest China. Journal of Archaeological Science 43 (3), pp. 278-288 
  5. Zhou, W., 2014. The technological traditional of zinc distillation and other crucible smelting processes in China. In IHNS, CAS (ed.), Demonstrating the Present by Mirroring the Past: Collected Works of Traditional Crafts and Archaeological Sciences, Hefei: Anhui Science & Technology Publishing House, pp. 307-319 
  6. Zhou, W., Martinón-Torres, M., Chen, J. and Liu, H., 2012. Distilling zinc for the Ming Dynasty: the technology of large scale zinc production in Fengdu, southwest China. Journal of Archaeological Science 39 (4), pp. 908-921 
  7. Zhou, W., Chen, J., Lei, X., Xu, T., Chong, J. and Wang, Z., 2011. Analysis of bronze casting remains from Lijia foundry, Zhouyuan site, in J. Chen and Y. Liu (eds), Studies of Shang and Zhou Bronze Ceramic Mould Casting Technology, Beijing: Cultural Relics Press, pp. 192-235 (in Chinese) 
  8. Zhou, W., Chen, J., Lei, X., Xu, T., Chong, J. and Wang, Z., 2009. Three Western Zhou bronze foundry sites in the Zhouyuan area, Shaanxi province, China, in J. Mei and T. Rehren (eds), Metallurgy and Civilisation: Eurasia and Beyond, London: Archetype, pp. 62-72 
  9. Zhou, W., Chen, J., Yang, J., Han, R., Xu, L. and Zhong, J., 2009. Analyses of bronze fragments and slag from Western-Zhou architecture foundation at Yuantang and Qizhen, Archaeology and Cultural Relics (6), pp. 96-103 (in Chinese) 


Professional Memberships


member of Historical Metallurgy Society, UK http://hist-met.org/


Talks and Presentations


2013.9 Nara, Japan, the 8th International Symposium on The Beginning of the Use of Metals and Alloys VIII, oral presentation in the topic of Distilling Zinc in China: The Technology of Large-Scale Zinc Production in Chongqing During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (AD 1368-1911) 

2010.5 Tampa, USA, the 38th International Symposium on Archaeometry, oral presentation in the topic of Zinc production in Chongqing, southwest China, during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644): A case study at Miaobeihou site

2009.2 London, UK, Urban Archaeometallurgy meeting of Historical Metallurgy Society, oral presentation in the topic of Three Bronze foundry sites of the Western Zhou period (mid 11th c to 771 BC) in the Zhouyuan Area, Shaanxi Province, China




Address: Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences,


Beijing, 100190

Email: zhouwenli@ihns.ac.cn

Phone number: 00861057552306