As with last year's workshop this one was sponsored by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology and Peking University; but also Jilin University.  Many colleagues and students were involved with organizing the workshop, providing transport and basically taking care of me, for which I am grateful.  Special thanks to Hailong Zhou, Feng Li, Xing Gao and Quanjia Chen.  Popular Archaeology article (in Chinese).

I arrived in Beijing and was taken to the Zhokoutian site southwest of the city to participate in the 3rd Palaeolithic Festival of China.  My participation was mainly a knapping demonstration in which I was joined by several Chinese knappers.  There was of course an opening ceremony with speeches by various dignitaries etc.

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Participants in the 3rd Palaeolithic Festival

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Opening ceremony slide

Zhoukoudian is a UNESCO recognized world heritage site and it has been developed for visitation, including a modern museum.  All of the activities a were being recorded, I believe for television.  After the  speeches, a  a choreographed performance and several presentations, we had a site tour during which Prof. Gao and I were interviewed.  We then went to the site museum, a state of the art facility.  We were housed in a nearby amazing venue- the Tian Yu Mountain Village- a replica German mountain village.  

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My second knapping workshop in China took place outside of Yanji, a city in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, less than 20 miles from the North Korean border.  Most of us stayed in a nice hotel in the city but the workshop venue was in a small farming community in a valley about 5 miles away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Most of us commuted to and from the venue.  

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Participants in both workshops were drawn from institutions across China, indicated by the yellow pins.

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There were 15 official participants in the workshop but several observers and quite a few support staff, including villagers.  Breakfast was in the hotel but lunches were mainly prepared and served at the venue as were several evening meals.

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