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Yan Zhang

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Yan Zhang received her BA in Archaeology from Peking University, China in 2009, and received her MA in Archaeology from the same university in 2012. She is interested in archaeology and zooarchaeology in the ancient world. In her master's thesis and other projects, she focused mainly on animal use in complex society, which appeared after Paleolithic and early Neolithic societies in China. At ISAW, she will further study the anthropology, archaeology and zooarchaeology of the complex societies of East Asia. She is now working on her dissertation which will focus on animal use and food cooking in Chinese Bronze Age. She hopes to find how and why people prepare, cook and eat meat in certain ways in the past, and what was the meaning of food (especially meat) and food culture in terms of social stratification.