Andrew Womack

Andrew Womack

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Anthropology

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Andrew Womack is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on early China. Prior to joining the faculty at Furman in 2020, Andrew received his PhD from Yale University in 2017, was a Visiting Faculty Lecturer at McGill University in Montreal from 2017-19, and then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford University Archaeology Center from 2019-20. As Associate Director of the Tao River Archaeological Project (TRAP), an international collaboration between Chinese and North American institutions, he coordinates research on the intersection of technological, social, and climatic change at late Neolithic and early Bronze Age (3200–1500BC) sites in northwestern China. Using a mixture of geophysical survey, excavation, and ceramic analysis he is mapping the development of interaction networks that allowed for some of the earliest transfers of goods and technologies between China and Central Asia along the proto Silk Road. He is also expanding his research across northern China with recent work at the early Bronze Age city of Shimao, one of the most important recently discovered sites in the country.

At Furman, Prof. Womack offers courses introducing students to archaeological methods and theory and world archaeology, as well as on regional archaeology of East and Central Asia. Most recently, Dr. Womack has started a new field project on the historical archaeology of the Furman campus, exploring the history of land-use over the past 200 years.

Honors & Awards

  • Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, 2021-22, $6000
  • Associated Colleges of the South Cycle 9 Grant, 2021-22, collaborator, $32000
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2019-21 (declined)
  • The Tang Center at Columbia University Postdoctoral Award, 2018-19
  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2015-17
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, 2015-16


  • BA, Archaeology, The College of Wooster
  • MA, History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • PhD, Yale University, Anthropology


  • Womack, Andrew, Li Liu, and Nan Di. 2021. “Initial Insights into Ceramic Production and Exchange at the Bronze Age Citadel at Shimao, Shaanxi, China.” Archaeological Research in Asia;
  • Womack, Andrew, Rowan Flad, Jing Zhou, Katherine Brunson, Fabian Toro, Xin Su, Anke Hein, Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, Guiyun Jin, Xiaohong Wu, Hui Wang. 2021. “The Majiayao to Qijia Transition: Exploring the intersection of technological and social continuity and change.” Asian Archaeology 4: 95-120;
  • Hung, Ling-yu. 2021. Pottery Production, Mortuary Practice, and Social Complexity in the Majiayao Culture, NW China (ca. 5300–4000 BP). Edited by Anke Hein and Andrew Womack. BAR International Series: Archaeology of East Asia;
  • Flad, Rowan, Zhou Jing, Andrew Womack, Yitzchak Jaffe, Jada Ko, Yanxi Wang, Xin Su, Pochen Chen, Ling-yu Hung, Bingbing Liu, Ruilin Mao, Hui Wang, and Shuicheng Li. 2021. “Preliminary Site Prospection Along the Tao River 2011-2013.” The Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 82;
  • Womack, Andrew and Hui Wang. 2020. “Formation and Function of Majiayao and Qijia Pottery: Analysis of Formation Marks and Use-alteration on Vessels from the Tao River Valley.” Asian Perspectives 59:1, p.2-32;
  • Womack, Andrew. 2020. “The Neolithic Revolution in the North, 7000-2000BCE.” In The Oxford Handbook of Early China, 7000-3000 BCE 牛津大学古代中国手册 7000-300 公元前. Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, editor. Oxford University Press;
  • Womack, Andrew 吴浩森. 2020. “通过卫星遥感了解土地利用类型对遗址的影响——以成都平原为例 (Understanding the Impact of Changing Land Use on Archaeological Sites through Satellite Remote Sensing: An Example from the Chengdu Plain).” Southern Ethnology and Archaeology (南方民族考古) 18: 247-256;
  • Womack, Andrew, Hui Wang, Jing Zhou, and Rowan Flad. 2019. “A petrographic analysis of clay recipes in Late Neolithic north-western China: continuity and change.” Antiquity 93:371, p.1161-1177;
  • Womack, Andrew, Tim Horsley, Hui Wang, Jing Zhou, and Rowan Flad. 2019. “Assessing Site Organization and Development Using Geophysical Prospection at Dayatou, Gansu, China.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 27: p.1-12;
    Hung, Ling-yu洪玲玉, Andrew Womack吳浩森, Yitzchak Jaffe哈克, Jing Zhou周靜, Hui Wang王輝, Shuicheng Li李水城, Pochan Chen陳伯楨, and Rowan Flad傅羅文. 2019. 齊家坪:齊家文化典型遺址研究的新進展(Qijiaping: New Study on the type site of the Qijia Culture). Archaeology and Cultural Relics (考古與文物) 2019:2, p.63-74;
  • Womack, Andrew, Yitzchak Jaffe, Jing Zhou, Ling-yu Hung, Hui Wang, Shuicheng Li, Pochan Chen, and Rowan Flad. 2017 . “Mapping Qijiaping: New work on the type site of the Qijia Culture.” Journal of Field Archaeology 42:6, p.488-502.

Additional Professional Activities

  • 2021. Archaeometric and Archaeological Research on Human-Environment Interaction in East Asia: Current Trends and Future Trajectories. Organizer and discussant at East Asia Archaeology Seminar, Harvard University.
  • 2021. From local to long-distance: Interregional Interaction in Neolithic Northwestern China. Department of Anthropology, Yale University.
  • 2021. Ceramic Production at the Stone-walled Citadel of Shimao: Initial Results of Petrographic Analysis, given at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology National Conference.
  • 2020. Does cultural interaction foment cultural change? A case study from the proto-Silk Road in northwestern China. Presentation given at the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, University of California Berkeley.
  • 2019. Integrative Approaches to Ceramic Anthropology in Early China: New Directions in Pottery Research. A workshop held at the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University.
  • 2019. Who Attended Their Funerals? A Petrographic Comparison of Mortuary and Daily-use Pottery from the Majiayao Culture of Neolithic China. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology National Conference.
  • 2018. The China Ceramic Petrography Database: A New Platform for Ceramic Data Sharing. Paper presented at the 8th International Society for East Asian Archaeology Meeting. Nanjing, China.
  • 2017. Persistence in the Face of Change: Pottery Production and Social Transitions in late Neolithic Northwestern China. Paper presented at the “Synthesis in Pottery Analysis: The Technical as a Portal to the Social” workshop at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York City, NY

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