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Zhang Jianping
  Associate Professor
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  Quarternary Geology
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:


  • 2005.6 B.S., Geology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing
  • 2010.6 Ph.D., Quaternary Geology, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS

Professional Employment:

  • 2010.6-2012.12 Post-doc, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS
  • 2013.1-present Associate Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS
  • 2015.1-2016.2 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University,US


  • Editorial Board of Scientific Reports

Research Interests:
Phytolith, environmental archaeology and archaeobotany
Public Services:


Supported Projects:
  1. NSFC program :The morphology of calciphytoliths from typical economic crops and its application in archolobotany. 2015-2018
  2. NSFC program : Phytolith Analysis for the Discrimination of Wild and Cultivated Rice and Its Application in Rice Origin in the Lower Reaches of Changjiang River. 2012-2014
  3. "Strategic Priority Research Program" of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. XDA05130401). 2011-2015
  4. Key program of NSFC (Grants No. 41230104): The microfossil study of agriculture origins and their relationship with environmental change in Yellow River drainage area. 2013-2017

Selected Publication:
  1. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Peter Weiming Jia Rowan Flad, Naiqin Wu, Alison Betts (2017) Cultivation strategies at the ancient Luanzagangzi settlementon the easternmost Eurasian steppe during the late Bronze Age. Vegetation History & Archaeobotany DOI 10.1007/s00334-017-0608-0
  2. Xinin Zuo, Houyuan Lu, Leping Jiang, Jianping Zhang, Xiaoyan Yang, Xiujia Huana, Keyang He, Can Wang, and Naiqin Wu (2017) Dating Rice Remains Through Phytolith Carbon-14Study Reveals Domestication at the beginning of the Holocene. PNAS doi/10.1073/pnas.1704304114
  3. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Guoping Sun, Rowan Flad, Naiqin Wu, Xiujia Huan, Keyang He, Yonglei Wang (2016). Phytoliths reveal the earliest fine reedy textile in China at the Tianluoshan site. Scientific Reports 6:18664
  4. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Linpei Huang (2014). Calciphytoliths (calcium oxalate crystals) analysis for the identification of decayed tea plants (Camellia sinensis L.). Scientific Reports 4: 6703
  5. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Naiqin Wu, Xiaoguang Qin, Luo Wang (2013). Palaeoenvironment and agriculture of ancient Loulan and Milan on the Silk Road. The Holocene 23(2) 208–217
  6. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Wanfa Gu, Naiqin Wu, Kunshu Zhou, Yayi Hu, Yingjun Xin, Wang Can (2012). Early mixed farming of millet and rice 7800 years ago in the Middle Yellow River region, China. PLoS ONE 7(12): e52146
  7. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Naiqin Wu, Xiaoyan Yang, Xianmin Diao (2011). Phytolith Analysis for Differentiating between Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica) and Green Foxtail (Setaria viridis). PLoS ONE 6(5): e19726
  8. Jianping Zhang, Houyuan Lu, Naiqin Wu, Fengjiang Li, Xiaoyan Yang, Weilin Wang, Mingzhi Ma, Xiaohu Zhang (2010). Phytolith evidence for rice cultivation and spread in Mid-Late Neolithic archaeological sites in central North China. Boreas 39(3): 592-602
  9. Jianping Zhang,Houyuan Lu,Peter Weiming Jia,Rowan Flad,Naiqin Wu,Alison Betts,Cultivation strategies at the ancient Luanzagangzi selletment on the easternmosct Eurasian steppe during the late Bronze Age,Vegetation History and Archaeobotany (接收未发表)
  10. Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Yimin Yang, Xiaoyan Yang, Baiqing Xu, Wuzhan Yang, Tao Tong, Shubo Jin, Caiming Shen, Huiyun Rao, Xingguo Li, Hongliang Lu, Dorian Q Fuller, Luo Wang, Can Wang, Deke Xu, Naiqin Wu (2016). Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau, Scientific Reports 6:18955
  11. Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Kam-biu Liu, Naiqin Wu, Yumei Li, Kunshu Zhou, Maolin Ye, Zhang Tianyu, Zhang Haijiang, Yang Xiaoyan, Shen Licheng, Xu Deke, Li Quan (2009). Earliest domestication of common millet (Panicum miliaceum) in East Asia extended to 10,000 years ago. PNAS 106(18): 7367-7372
  12. Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Naiqin Wu, Kam-biu Liu, Deke Xu, Quan Li (2009). Phytoliths Analysis for the Discrimination of Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica) and Common Millet (Panicum miliaceum). PLoS ONE 4(2): e4448
  13. Xiaoyan Yang, Jianping Zhang, Linda Perry, Zhikun Ma, Zhiwei Wan, Mingqi Li, Xianmin Diao, Houyuan Lu (2011). From the modern to the archaeological: Starch grains from millets and their wild relatives in China. Journal of Archaeological Science. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(2): 247-254
  14. Can Wang, Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Keyang He, Xiujia Huan (2016). Macro-Process of Past Plant Subsistence from the Upper Paleolithic to Middle Neolithic in China: A Quantitative Analysis of Multi-Archaeobotanical Data. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0148136
  15. Yong Ge, Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Can Wang, Keyang He, Xiujia Huan (2016) Phytolith analysis for the identification of barnyard millet (Echinochloa sp.) and its implications, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 10.1007/s12520-016-0341-0
  16. Xinxin Zuo, Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Can Wang, Guoping Sun, Yunfei Zheng (2016) Radiocarbon dating of prehistoric phytoliths: a preliminary study of archaeological sites in China, Scientific Reports, 6:26769
  17. Can Wang, Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Zhaoyan Gu, Keyang He (2014). Prehistoric demographic fluctuations in China inferred from radiocarbon data and their linkage with climate change over the past 50,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 98: 45-59
  18. Houyuan Lu, Yumei Li, Jianping Zhang, Xiaoyan Yang, Maolin Ye, Quan Li, Can Wang, Naiqin Wu (2014). Component and simulation of the 4,000-year-old noodles excavated from the archaeological site of Lajia in Qinghai, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 59(35):5136-5152
  19. Xiaoyan Yang, Changjiang Liu, Jianping Zhang, Wuzhan Yang, Xiaohu Zhang, Houyuan Lu (2009). Plant crop remains from the outer burial pit of the Han Yangling Mausoleum and their significance to Early Western Han agriculture. Chinese Science Bulletin 54(10): 1738-1743
  20. Yan Wu, Limi Mao, Can Wang, Jianping Zhang, Zhijun Zhao (2016). Phytolith evidence suggests early domesticated rice since 5600 cal a BP on Hainan Island of South China. Quaternary International 426: 120-125
  21. Fengjiang Li, Naiqin Wu, Houyuan Lu, Jianping Zhang, Weilin Wang, Mingzhi Ma, Xiaohu Zhang, Xiaoyan Yang (2013). Mid-Neolithic Exploitation of Mollusks in the Guanzhong Basin of Northwestern China: Preliminary Results. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58999
  22. Yang Xiaoyan, Fuller Dorian Q., Huan Xiujia, Perry Linda, Li Quan, Li Zhao, Zhang Jianping, Ma Zhikun, Zhuang Yijie, Jiang Leping, Ge Yong, Lu Houyuan. Barnyard grasses were processed with rice around 10000 years ago, Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, 16251.
  23. Terry Ball, Karol Chandler-Ezell, Ruth Dickau, Neil Duncan, Thomas C. Hart, Jose Iriarte, Carol Lentfer, Amanda Logan, Houyuan Lu, Marco Madella, Deborah M. Pearsall, Dolores R. Piperno, Arlene M. Rosen, Luc Vrydaghs, Alison Weisskopf, Jianping Zhang (2016), Phytoliths as a tool for investigations of agricultural origins and dispersals around the world, Journal of Archaeological Science 68: 32-45
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