博士期间将实验考古、微痕分析以及残留物分析结合起来，对淮河上游地区新石器时代出土石器进行分析，揭示了该地区早期农业社会中：（1）石器功能与类型之间的关系；（2）食物加工方式；（3）水稻和其它谷物淀粉粒在加工过程中的损伤和保存机制；（4）不同遗址之间的饮食文化差异。这些研究成果对探讨 “古代器物制作技术”、“早期农业社会对水稻的利用状况”以及“中国新石器时代饮食文化”等提供了新的线索。博士期间研究成果以第一兼通讯作者发表论文4篇，所属期刊包括《Archaeometry》、《Quaternary International》、《Lithic Technology》等均是考古学领域权威期刊，被SCI、SSCI或A&HCI收录。2017年至今，受邀参与6次国际、1次国内学术会议并作报告，包括：（1）2022年于西班牙巴塞罗那举办的 “微痕和残留物分析研讨会” ；（2）2021年中国第七届青年地学论坛；（3） 2020 年欧洲考古学大会；（4）2019年在哥本哈根大学举办的会议： “石器及饮食文化” ；（5）2019年美国考古学大会东亚考古分会；（6）2018年法国尼斯举办的会议： “微痕和残留物分析研讨会” ；（7）2017年德国美因茨举办的会议： “关于石器原材料、制作、功能及交换” 。
2019年曾受邀以 “石器研究专家” 身份参与美国加州大学洛杉矶分校（UCLA）在非洲埃塞俄比亚的考古发掘项目；2021年受邀以 “校外指导老师” 身份参与浙江大学首届微痕工作坊；此外，担任Archaeometry、JAS-reports等国际考古期刊评审；主持中科院项目1项、省级项目2项、博士后项目1项、校级项目1项。
01/07/2022-present: Research Associate, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China.
01/04/2020-30/09/2020: Guest researcher, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands
01/11/2019-31/03/2020: Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands
01/11/2015-26/08/2020: PhD: Archaeological Science, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
01/09/2012-17/06/2015: Master of History: Archaeology and Museology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
01/09/2008-2/07/2012: Bachelor of Science: Applied Chemistry, Suzhou University, Suzhou, China
Li, W., Luo, W., Yao, L., Xuan, H., Yi, W., Tian, W., Zhang, D., Kan, X., 2022. Pottery use and starchy foods during the Shuangdun Culture (ca.7.3-6.8 ka BP) in the middle catchment of the Huai River, China. Frontiers in Earth Science, in print. (Indexed in SCI)
Li, W., Tsoraki, C., Yang, Y., Xin, Y., and van Gijn, A., 2020. Plant foods and different uses of grinding tools at the Neolithic site of Tanghu in Central China. Lithic technology, 45(3), pp.154-164. (Indexed in SSCI and A&HCI)
Li, W., Pagán‐Jiménez, J.R., Tsoraki, C., Yao, L. and van Gijn, A., 2020. Influence of grinding on the preservation of starch grains from rice. Archaeometry, 62(1), pp.157-171. (Indexed in SCI and A&HCI)
Li, W., Tsoraki, C., Lan, W., Yang, Y., Zhang, J. and van Gijn, A., 2019. Cereal processing technique inferred from use-wear analysis at the Neolithic site of Jiahu, Central China. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 23, pp.939-945. (Indexed in A&HCI)
Li, W., Tsoraki, C., Lan, W., Yang, Y., Zhang, J. and van Gijn, A., 2019. New insights into the grinding tools used by the earliest farmers in the central plain of China. Quaternary International, 529, pp.10-17. (Indexed in SCI)
Khan, M., Yao, L., Yang, Y., Tao Y., Li W., Zhang, D., Luo, Y. and Zhang, J.,2022. Plant foods consumed at the Neolithic site of Qujialing (ca. 5800-4200 BP) in Jianghan Plain of the middle catchment of Yangtze River, China, Frontiers in Plant Science, in print. (Indexed in SCI,Corresponding author)
Yang, Y., Zhang M., Jiang L., Li W., and Zhang J., 2022. Multi-analytical investigation of pottery associated with the Neolithic Shangshan Culture in the Jin-Qu Basin, Zhejiang Province. China Ceramic (in Chinese), in print. (Corresponding author)
Kufel-Diakowska, B., Miazga, B., Łucejko, J., Ribechini, E. and Li, W., 2019. Sickles of the Funnel Beaker culture in the light of use-wear and residue analysis. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne, 71, pp.219-242. (Corresponding author)
Luo, W., Yang, Y., Fang, F., Li, W., Hu, F., Zhang, J., Chen, D. and Yu, L., 2017. Chronology of ancient Dongxiang wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.), and the morphologies of grains, double-peaked phytoliths, and starch, in the middle Yangtze River region, China. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 244, pp.140-147.
Yang, Y., Cheng, Z., Li, W., Yao, L., Li, Z., Luo, W., Yuan, Z., Zhang, J. and Zhang, J., 2016. The emergence, development and regional differences of mixed farming of rice and millet in the upper and middle Huai River Valley, China. Science China Earth Sciences, 59(9), pp.1779-1790.
Yang, Y., Li, W., Yao, L., Cheng, Z., Luo, W., Zhang, J., Lin, L., Gan, H. and Yan, L., 2016. Plant food sources and stone tools’ function at the site of Shunshanji based on starch grain analysis. Science China Earth Sciences, 59(8), pp.1574-1582.
Yao, L., Yang, Y., Zhang, J., Li, W., Cao, S., and Luo, W., 2015. Residue analysis on animal teeth from the site of Laosicheng in Hunan Province, China, Agricultural Archaeology (in Chinese) (06). pp. 1-7.
Yang, Y., Li, W., Yao, L., Cheng, Z., Zhang, J., and Xin, Y., 2015. Plant resources utilization at the Tanghu site during the Peiligang Culture period based on starch grain analysis, Quaternary sciences (in Chinese), 35(1), pp. 229–39.
Dong, Z., Zhang, J., Yang, Y., Yao, L., and Li, W., 2014. Starch grain analysis reveals the utilization of plant food resources at Shishanzi site, Suixi country, Anhui Province, Quaternary sciences (in Chinese), 34(1), pp. 114–25.
Zhang, J., Li, W., Yin, C., Cheng, Z., Yang, Y., Zhao, M., Lin, L., Gan, H., and Yan, L., 2014. Plant resources utilization at Shunshanji site in Jiangsu Province, based on archaeobotanical evidence, Oriental Archaeology (in Chinese), 11(00), pp. 366-372.
Invited Presentation to International Conferences
Conference organized by the Association of Archaeological Wear & Residue Analysts (AWRANA), theme: Tracing Social Dynamics, invited oral presentation (online): “Diversity of the use and typology of grinding tools at the Neolithic site of Jiahu, China". 4-7 April 2022, Barcelona, Spain.
Annual meeting of European Accounting Association (EAA), session 364 entitled Integrated methodologies for the study of lifeways, dietary and occupational environments in prehistoric and historical periods, an invited oral presentation: "Foodways of the earliest farmers in the Central Plain of China", 26-30 August 2020, Budapest, Hungary(changed to the online conference due to Covid-19).
The 3rd Meeting of the Association for Ground Stone Tools Research: Ground Stone Tools and Past Foodways, invited oral presentation: “New interpretation regarding the scarcity of starch grains from rice on grinding tools”. 12-15 September 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), in the session "Archaeology in East Asia", an invited oral presentation: "Life history of Neolithic grinding-stones: a case study at the site of Tanghu in Central China", 10-14 April 2019, Albuquerque, USA.
Conference organized by the Association of Archaeological Wear & Residue Analysts (AWRANA), theme: Beyond use-wear traces: about tools and people), invited oral presentation: “Cereal processing technique inferred from use-wear analysis at the Neolithic site of Jiahu, Central China”, 29 May-1 June 2018, Nice, France.
International Conference on quarrying, production, function, and exchange of ground stone artefacts, Poster: "Functional study of grinding tools: Use-wear traces on experimental tools and the artefacts from the site of Jiahu, China", 12-15 September 2017, Mainz, Germany.
Research Projects and Funding
2022-present: Member of the project entitled “Provenance Studies of Turquoise Products from Jiahu-Peiligang Culture in the western Huanghuai Plain” supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 42272212), 600,000 RMB.
2021-present: Principal Investigator, Study of damaged starch grains from Chinese Medicine and its application in Archaeology, Funded by the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Anhui Province, China, 50, 000 RMB.
2021-present: Principal Investigator, Chalcolithic plant food processing at the Iranian site of Borj, Funded by the USTC Youth Innovation Fund, 20, 000 RMB
2020-present: Principal Investigator, Functional study of ground stone tools associated with the Shuangdun Culture in the middle catchment of Huai River, China (Grant No. AHSKQ2021D52), Funded by Anhui Provincial Philosophy and Social Science Planning Office, 20, 000 RMB.
2016-2018: Member of the project entitled “Changes in methods of plant use in the light of technological transformations in Lower Silesia between 6th and 3rd/2nd millennia BC”, supported by National Science Centre of Poland, €6,000.
2015-2018: Member of the project entitled "Plant exploitation and human adaption to the environment during the early to middle Holocene in the upper and middle catchment of the Huai River, China", supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41472148), 960,000 RMB.
2015-2018: Member of the project entitled “The emergence, development, and regional differences of mixed farming of rice and millet in the upper and middle the Huai River Valley, China”, supported by the Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project of the Ministry of Education (Grant No. 15YJA780003), 100,000 RMB.
2013-2015: Principal Investigator of the project entitled “The starch grain analysis of rice and its application in archaeology”, supported by Youth Innovation Fund of University of Science and Technology of China, 100, 000 RMB.
Honours and Awards
2021: ‘Mozi’ Excellent Young Researcher (first-class), University of Science and Technology of China
2021: Special Research Assistant Program, Chinese Academy of Science
2020: International Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship Program (Talent-Introduction Program), 600,000 RMB
2019: Leiden University Fund (LUF) conference participation grant, €900
2015-2019: China Scholarship Council (CSC)-Leiden University joint scholarship, €57, 600
2015: Outstanding Graduate student in Anhui Province, China
2015: Outstanding Graduate student at the University of Science and Technology of China
2014: Guanghua Scholarship at the University of Science and Technology of China, 3, 000 RMB
2012-2015: Full scholarship for a research master at the University of Science and Technology of China
Co-supervision of the excavation at the Neolithic site of Guanghua, 16 October-5 December 2020, China.
Participation as a specialist on ground stone tools in the “Community Archaeology in Ethiopia” a project led by Prof. Willeke Wendrich from the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 28 November-23 December, Shire, Ethiopia.
Participation in the Reconstruction of a Medieval house, 9-11 May 2017, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands.
Participation in the excavation at the site of Jiahu, 1 September-25 December 2013, China.
2021: Guest lecturer for the Master course: Archaeobotany, University of Science and Technology of China
2020: Teaching assistant for the bachelor's course: Material Culture 1, Leiden University
2017 & 2019: Co-supervision of three Masters students’ internships in Archaeology, Leiden University
New developments in use-wear and starch grain analysis, Workshop on use-wear analysis at the Zhejiang University, 22-25 June 2021, Hangzhou, China
Studying Chinese archaeology at Leiden, now, and in the future, ‘PhDebate’ event organized by the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, 26 October 2017, Leiden, The Netherlands
MA Thesis: Zhong, X. Grinding tools from Mai Adrasha: Subsistence activities in the Shire region and northern highlands of Ethiopia, Leiden University, completed on 28/03/2020 (Co-supervisor with Prof. Annelou van Gijn)
An international conference on Alcohol, rituals and spiritual world in ancient China and beyond: An interdisciplinary perspective, Conference attendance, 10-13 April 2019, Stanford University, USA.
The 10th International Meeting on Phytolith Research, Conference attendance, 12-14 September 2016, Aix-en-Provence, France.
Journal Referee for Archaeometry, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, and Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting of the Association of Ground Stone Tools Research
Society for American Archaeology
European Association of Archaeologists
The Association of Archaeological Wear and Residue Analysts
Experimental archaeology (EXARC)
International Phytolith Society
Association for Ground Stone Tools Research
Leiden Botany Club
English (Professional working proficiency)
Spanish and Japanese (Elementary proficiency)