Quanyu Wang

Quanyu Wang

Current position: Professor (Supervisor of Doctoral Program)


Research interests: technical studies of archaeological metalwork and ancient ceramics


PhD in Archaeometallurgy, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1997-2000)

MSc in chemistry, Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University (1985-1988)

BEng in ceramic materials, Chemical Engineering & Chemistry Department, Tsinghua University (1980-1985)

Previous Academic appointments

Senior Museum Scientist, Department of Scientific Research, the British Museum (2004-2019)

Research Fellow, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK (2003-2004)

Research Associate. Department of Archaeology & Prehistory, University of Sheffield, UK (2000-2003)

Forbes Fellow. Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA (1995-1996)

Assistant lecturerlecturer, Department of Archaeology, Peking University (1988-1995)

Current research projects:

“A scientific study of Houma moulds - the miracle of ancient Chinese bronze casting technology”, National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 52072220).

“A study of the effect of environmental factors on deterioration of archaeological iron in museum collections” National Key R&D Program of China (No.2020YFC1522102).

Selected publications


2004 Wang, Q. and Ottaway, B.S. Casting Experiments and Microstructure of Archaeologically Relevant Bronzes. BAR International Series 1331.

2002 Wang, Q. Metalworking technology and deterioration of Jin bronzes from the Tianma-Qucun site, Shanxi, China. BAR International Series 1023.

2020 Raphael Hermann, Rachel J. Crellin, Marion Uckelmann, Quanyu Wang, and Andrea Dolfini. Bronze Age CombatAn experimental approach. BAR International Series S2967.


2022 Berger D, Wang Q., et al. The Salcombe metal cargoes: New light on the provenance and circulation of tin and copper in Later Bronze Age Europe provided by trace elements and isotopes. J. of Archaeological Science 138, Article 105543.

2021 Li K.S., Wang Q. et al., Decorated models, replication, and assembly lines for bronze industrial production in 500 B.C.E. China. Early China 44:109–142.

2021 Wang, Q., Technical Studies of Balkan White Metal Jewellery of the Nineteenth–Twentieth Centuries, Studies in Conservation 66 (2): 113-126

2021 Wang, Q., Tin-rich surface decoration of Chinese bronzes: a case study of the British Museum collection, Archaeometry 63(1): 105-121.

2020 Wang, Q., Su, R., O’Flynn, D. and Chen, Y., Manufacturing techniques of Eastern Zhou bronze ding vessels with short legs: a case study of bronze ding (1949,0711.1) in the British Museum collection, Historical Metallurgy 53 (1):1-9.

2020 Wang, Q. Identification and interpretation of pale blue copper corrosion products formed on metal objects in museum collections, Sciences of Conservation and Archaeology 37(6): 117-125 (in Chinese).

2020 Wang, Q.ChenY. and TamburiniD.Was Lacquer the Key Ingredient For Luxurious Jinyin Pingtuo Products in the Tang Dynasty of China (Ad 618–907)? Archaeometry 62(3): 646-659.

2019 Wang, Q., Chen, Y., Su., R. Houma bronzes in the British Museum: a technical study. Orientations November/December, 44-63.

2018 Wang, Q., Strekopytov, S., Roberts, B.W. Copper ingots from a probable Bronze Age shipwreck off the coast of Salcombe, Devon: composition and microstructure. J. of Archaeological Science 97: 102-117.

2017 Wang, Q. Chapter 6: Metal Analysis, in A. Baldwin and J. Joy (eds.), A Celtic Feast: The Iron Age Cauldrons From Chiseldon, Wiltshire. London: The British Museum Research Publication 203: 67-77.

2016 Wang. Q. and Priewe, S. Technical investigations of three bronze vessels from southern China: two double-ram zun vessels and a pou vessel. The Bulletin of the Nezu Museum Shikun vol.8, Special Feature, Current Research on the Double –Ram Zun. 154-142.

2016 Wang, Q., Strekopytov, S., Roberts, B.W., Wilkin, N. Tin ingots from a probable Bronze Age shipwreck off the coast of Salcombe, Devon: Composition and microstructure, J. of Archaeological Science 67: 80-92.

2014 Wang, Q. and Wang, H. Compositional analysis of Qi coins in the British Museum collection, C., Wei and T., Rehren (eds.), International Symposium on Qin period metallurgy and its social and archaeological context, Beijing: Science Publication House, 109-120 (in Chinese).

2014 Wang, Q., Priewe, S. and La Niece, S. A Technical Study of Inlaid Eastern Zhou Bronzes in the British Museum Focusing on a Unique Figure of a Leaping Feline, ISIJ International 54 (5): 1131–1138.

2012 Wang, Q. Technical Studies of Three Gui Vessels of the Early Western Zhou period in the British Museum Collection, in P. Jett, B. McCarthy and J.G. Douglas (eds.), Scientific Research on Ancient Asian Metallurgy, Proceedings of the Fifth Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art, London: Archetype Publication Ltd. 63-72.

2008 Wang, Q., Dove, S., Shearman F., and Smirniou, M. Evaluation of methods of chloride ion concentration determination and effectiveness of desalination treatments using sodium hydroxide and alkaline sulphite solutions. The Conservator 31: 67-74.

2007 Wang, Q. Effects of relative humidity on the corrosion of iron: an experimental view, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 1: 65-73.

2007 Clark, R. J. H., Wang, Q. and Correia, A. Can the Raman spectrum of anatase in artwork and archaeology be used for dating purposes? Identification by Raman microscopy of anatase in decorative coatings on Neolithic (Yangshao) pottery from Henan, China, J. of Archaeological Science 34 (11): 1787-1793.

2007 Wang, Q. An investigation of deterioration of archaeological iron. Studies in Conservation 52 (2): 125-134.

2002 Wang, Q. and Andrews, K. C. Technological investigation of the decorative coatings on Yangshao pottery from Henan, China. Archaeometry 44(2): 241-250.  

2001 Wang, Q. and Merkel, J. F. Studies on the redeposition of copper in Jin bronzes from Tianma-Qucun, Shanxi, China. Studies in Conservation 46(4): 242-250.

2000 Wang, Q., Odlyha, M., and Cohen, N. S. Thermal analyses of selected soil samples from the tombs at the Tianma-Qucun site, Shanxi, China. Thermochimica Acta, special issue “Preservation of Cultural Heritage” 365(1/2): 189-195.

1995 Wang, Q. Study on Cizhou ware of Podi kiln, Journal of the Chinese Silicate Society 23(1): 55-60.

1994 Wang, Q. The Study of Guantai Ware of Cizhou Kiln, Chinese Ceramics 6: 55-61.

1994 Wang, Q. The Study of Black Glaze Ware of Jizhou Kiln, Chinese Ceramics 4: 55-59.

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