UCLA professor of art history Lothar von Falkenhausen, an authority on the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age and the interdisciplinary and historical issues on which archaeological materials can provide new insight, has been appointed honorary professor at Zhejiang University in China. During a ceremony in his honor that took place in June, von Falkenhausen presented the lecture, “The Present Situation of Chinese Archaeology: An International Perspective,” in the Qizhen Global Lecture Series.

The title of honorary professor at the university is usually reserved for Nobel Prize winners, but since there is no Nobel Prize in von Falkenhausen’s field, the university made an exception.

Von Falkenhausen joined the UCLA faculty in 1993, after teaching at Stanford University and UC Riverside. He serves as the American co-principal investigator of the ongoing Peking University-UCLA Joint Archaeological Project, directing excavations at ancient salt-production sites in the Yangtze River Basin. He is the editor of the Journal of East Asian Archaeology and of the Early China Special Monographs Series.