Bio


Yahui He is a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, specializing in Chinese archaeology. Her research interests include human-plant relationship, food production and consumption, and their discourses in environmental and social dimensions of prehistoric China. Her dissertation focuses on plant food practices in the north borderland region of China (northern Shaanxi and south-central Inner Mongolia) during the Neolithic period by employing archaeobotanical approaches. In addition, she has been engaged in collaborative projects from other regions in China and beyond (Erlitou, Taiwan, Honduras, etc.) and a series of experimental studies.

Education & Certifications


  • Master, Yale University, Archaeology Studies (2015)
  • Bachelor, Xiamen University, China, History, Archaeology track & Law (2013)

All Publications


  • Brewing and Serving Alcoholic Beverages to Erlitou Elites of Prehistoric China: Residue Analysis of Ceramic Vessels FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION He, Y., Zhao, H., Liu, L., Xu, H. 2022; 10
  • Fermented maize beverages as ritual offerings: Investigating elite drinking during Classic Maya period at Copan, Honduras JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHAEOLOGY Chen, R., He, Y., Li, X., Ramos, J., Li, M., Liu, L. 2022; 65
  • "Proposing a toast" from the first urban center in the north Loess Plateau, China: Alcoholic beverages at Shimao JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHAEOLOGY He, Y., Liu, L., Sun, Z., Shao, J., Di, N. 2021; 64
  • 黄瓜山文化彩陶分析 (A study on the painted pottery from the Huangguashan Culture) 南方文物 (Cultural Relics in Southern China) He, Y. 2019; 6: 89-100