University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Chan, Mandy

Mandy Chan
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Elected: 2013

Mandy is a doctoral candidate in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department. She received her Master’s degree in Archaeological Conservation from the University of Bologna in 2007, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin. Her research focuses on the archaeology of early imperial China, cross-cultural exchanges along the "Silk Road," and Chinese imperial city planning and urbanism. Witnessing China's rapid economic growth in recent years, Mandy is also interested in examining how the country’s "soft power" and domestic policies have affected the management of archaeological sites, heritage tourism, and the illicit antiquities trade in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Mandy’s dissertation research involves a systematic analysis of waterworks of imperial Chinese cities in the Zhou, Qin and Han periods, and how hydraulic engineering impacted the imperial administration of the urban landscape. The research proposes an integrated use of traditional field survey methods and remote sensing techniques such as satellite imagery and near-surface geophysical prospecting methods for mapping and detecting buried hydraulic infrastructure. Field data will be supplemented with classical Chinese texts to provide a historical dimension. She hopes to advance the application of geophysical survey methods in traditional Chinese archaeological field practices through cooperation with Chinese colleagues.

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