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Thursday, May 27, 1999 - 19:30

Development of Materials in Ancient Chinese Civilization

Professor T. Ko

President and Director, Metallurgical & Archaeological University of Beijing

Australian Embassy

21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie


Professor T. Ko, President and Director of the Metallurgical & Archaeological University of Beijing, will trace the use of different materials from the beginning of Chinese culture through the centuries. He will show slides illustrating how the materials progressively developed from the early use of cereals and ceramics (60 –28c BC); to the decorative metals of copper, silver & gold (28-16c BC); followed by bronzes and jade (23-6c BC); through to the invention and spread of cast iron (6-3c BC) and the birth of steel, the most advanced technology before modern history (2c BC - 3c AD).