Abstract – Archaeological Study on Ceramic Jars found from South China and Central Vietnam during the 15-16th Centuries

Archaeological Study on Ceramic Jars found from South China and Central Vietnam during the 15-16th Centuries 

Sharon Wai-yee Wong

Abstract

This paper will reinvestigate the production and usage of ceramic jars found in South China and Central Vietnam during the 15th-16thCenturies in archaeological perspective. When discussing provenances and usages of storage jars uncovered in inhabited and shipwreck sites in Southeast Asia, very rarely archaeological evidence and photographs of storage jars unearthed from South China been used or compared. This paper will highlight those storage jars excavated from South China in recent years. With reference to Costin’s craft production framework, I will discuss (1) what kinds of ceramic jars we can found in both South China and Central Vietnam in recent archaeological excavations? (2) why were production of those ceramic jars located near the ports or districts along the sea route, such as Guangzhou, Zhangzhou and Binh Dinh? (3) What kinds of ceramic production technologies were chosen by the ceramic artisans in both regions? This paper will shed light on our new understanding on the production system of ceramic jars in South China and Southeast Asia in early modern period.

Bio

Sharon Wong is an assistant professor from the Department of Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She studied Southeast Asian archaeology and cultures and received her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. She was originally trained in archaeology and awarded her Master from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University, China. She undertakes her fieldwork on ancient and early modern ceramic production in Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand and Guangdong, Hong Kong and Fujian, China. She is currently working on Khmer-Chinese ceramics research project in Angkor, Cambodia and archaeological research project on storage jars found in South China and Southeast Asia in early modern period.