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  • Hung Ling-Yu 洪玲玉 (25 February 1975–26 April 2018)
  • Hung Ling-Yu, Tristram R. Kidder, and Sara Friedman

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Dr. Hung Ling-yu, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, passed away after a long battle with cancer on 26 April 2018. Ling-yu received her B.A. in Anthropology from National Taiwan University and an M.A. in Archaeology from Peking University. She was awarded a Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. Ling-yu joined the [End Page 240] Department of Anthropology at Indiana University in 2012. Although her degree was in Art History and Archaeology, Ling-yu was an anthropological archaeologist to her core. Ling-yu had extensive field experience in archaeological excavations and surveys in China and Taiwan, including work in Sichuan Province as part of the Luce Foundation-sponsored Chengdu Plain Archaeological Survey. She also undertook geoarchaeological research for two field seasons at the Sanyangzhuang site, Henan Province.

Her doctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis and subsequent fieldwork concerned the sociocultural processes involved in the expansion and development of elaborately painted Neolithic Yangshao-Majiayao pottery (ca. 7000–4000 years ago) in northern China. She conducted detailed ceramic analysis of north China's Yangshao-Majiayao pottery, with an emphasis on craft specialization, ritual practice, and cultural interactions during the Neolithic period. At the time of her death, Ling-yu was planning a monograph on Majiayao culture and she was involved in a multidisciplinary project in the middle Tao River Valley in northwestern China.

The recognition and respect accorded Ling-yu by her colleagues are reflected in her impressive record of invited talks and professional lectures at venues around the world. Her intellectual legacy endures through her publications in English and Chinese. Lingyu received prestigious grants and fellowships to support her work, including a grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange and the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. During her year at Harvard in 2015–2016, Ling-yu drew on her expertise in Chinese Neolithic pottery to help mount the Harvard Art Museum exhibit, Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China. She carefully chose the objects and provided the specialized knowledge necessary to create an extraordinary exhibition that showcased the variety and beauty of early Chinese ceramics. According to the museum curator who organized the exhibit, Ling-yu's contributions have inspired widespread recognition of the research potential of Harvard's early Chinese ceramic collection.

Colleagues and friends around the world are grateful for the honor of having known and worked with Ling-yu. She will always be appreciated for her calm and thoughtful presence, her intellectual precociousness, her kindness, and for her generous collegiality. Ling-yu's openness to novel ideas and her passion for knowledge will be remembered with affection and respect.

bibliography of hung ling-yu

1997 (and Yi-wan Lyu 呂憶皖) Canjia Taiguo SPAFA Wenhua yuanqu guanli xunlian kecheng zhi jingyan yu ganxiang 參加泰國 SPAFA 文化園區管理訓練課程之經驗與感想 [Experiences and opinions after participating in the SPAFA training course: 'Management of Heritage Parks' in Thailand]. Dongnanya quyu yanjiu tongxun 東南亞區域研究通訊 [PROSEA Newsletter] 3:66–73.
1998 Zhongguo xinshiqi shidai de zaowenhua yanjiu: yige minzu kaoguxue de guandian 中國新石 器時代的灶文化研究: 一個民族考古學的觀點 [Study on hearths of the Chinese Neolithic Period: An ethnoarchaeological perspective]. Qingnian kaogu xuejia 青年考古學家 [Youth Archaeologist] 10:60–67.
1998 Houjiazhuang 1004 damu de niuding he luding 侯家庄 1004 大墓的牛鼎和鹿鼎 [The Niuding and Luding of M1004 at Houjiazhuang]. Renlei yu wenhua 人類與文化 [Man and Culture] 32–33:34–44.
2000 Weihe liuyu yangshao wenhua caitao huawen yanjiu 渭河流域仰韶文化彩陶花紋研究 [Study on Ceramic Decoration Designs of the Yangshao Culture in the Weihe River Valley]. Master's Thesis, Department of Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing.
2001 (trans.) Guwenming qishi qiji 古文明七十奇蹟 [Chinese translation of The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Monuments and How They Were Built, ed. Chris Scarre. London: Thames & Hudson, 1999]. Taipei: Owl Publishing House.
2002 (with Chuan kun Ho 何傳坤) Qiantan Alishan shiqian Cou wenhua 淺談阿里山史前鄒文化 [A preliminary study on prehistoric Cou Culture of Mt. Ali]. Taiwan guoli ziran kexue bowuguan jianxun 台灣國立自然科學博物館簡訊 [Newsletter of National Museum of Natural...


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