Wen Yadi

温雅棣
Years of Stay at HYI: 
Aug 2018 to May 2019

Wen Yadi received her B.A. in History from Renmin University of China and obtained her M.Phil. in History and Archaeology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her Ph.D. dissertation focuses on prehistoric jades in Northeast Asia. Raw materials, production technologies, sociocultural contexts and values of jades from China and Russian Siberia are analyzed in a comparative perspective. It is expected to outline the origin, long-distance exchange, and spatiotemporal distribution of jades as an enduring symbolic vessel in this region. The relationship between Upper Paleolithic personal ornaments and Neolithic jades within Eurasia will also be discussed. Her proposed research in the near future will focus on methodologies and materials from Mesoamerican archaeology, especially Mesoamerican jades and jade-using communities. Her long-term research interest is the study of jades from Asia and Mesoamerica, both for comparative purpose and as separate fields.