Tong Enzheng

  • Hongliang LüEmail author
Living reference work entry

Basic Biographical Information

Tong Enzheng (1935–1997) was born in Hunan Province, Southern China, and obtained his BA and MA degrees in archeology from Sichuan University. He served as the Director of the University Museum and as Professor in the Department of History at Sichuan University. After moving to the United States in 1989, he held some short-term positions in a few universities in the United States with the last position being the Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow of the Art Department at Wesleyan University. He passed away in 1997. Compared with the same generation of archeologists who were educated in China in the 1950s and 1960s, Tong achieved wide recognition due to his contributions to the archaeology of Southwest China. He also gained widespread recognition from the general public for his fiction novel and international fame for his involvements with western scholarship (Higham 2004; Von Falkenhausen 2014).

Major Accomplishments

In 1956, Tong was admitted to the history...

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  1. Hein, A. 2014. Diffusionism, migration, and the archaeology of the Chinese border region. In The ‘crescent-shaped cultural-communication belt’: Tong Enzheng’s model in retrospect, ed. A. Hein, 1–17. Oxford: Archaeopress.Google Scholar
  2. Higham, C. 2004. Crossing national boundaries: Southern China and Southeast Asia in prehistory. In Uncovering Southeast Asia’s past, ed. A. B. Elisabeth, Ian C. Glover, Vincent C. Piggot, 13–21. The British Museum, London. Nus Press Singapore.Google Scholar
  3. Lü, Hongliang, and Xiaoying Zha. 2014. Rethinking the crescent-shaped cultural-contact belt. In The ‘crescent-shaped cultural-communication belt’: Tong Enzheng’s model in retrospect, ed. A. Hein, 49–56. Oxford: Archaeopress.Google Scholar
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  5. Tong, Enzheng. 1987. Shilun Woguo cong dongbei zhi xinan de biandi banyuexing wenhua chuanbodai. In Wenwu yu kaogu lunji, ed. Wenwu Chunbanshe Bianjibu, 17–43. Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe.Google Scholar
  6. Tong, Enzheng. 1995. Thirty years of Chinese archaeology (1949–1979). In Nationalism, politics, and the practice of archaeology, ed. P.L. Kohl and C. Fawcet, 177–197. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Von Falkenhausen, L. 2014. The life and work of Tong Enzheng. In The ‘crescent-shaped cultural-communication belt’: Tong Enzheng’s model in retrospect, ed. A. Hein, 18–48. Oxford: Archaeopress.Google Scholar

Further Readings

  1. Enzheng, Tong. 1998. Tong Enzheng wenji (Five volumes.). Chongqing: Chongqing Chubanshe.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologySichuan UniversityChengduChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Claire Smith
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  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia