Dr Qin Cao is Curator of the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions.

Dr Qin CaoQin studied Archaeology at Nanjing University for her undergraduate degree and completed an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites at University College London. Her DPhil is in Archaeology from the University of Oxford studying Chinese Shang weapons, in collaboration with the British Museum.

She volunteered and interned at a number of heritage institutions between and during her studies, including helping coordinate with the Award of Excellence for Handicrafts project at the UNESCO Bangkok office and assisting with public events and book translations at the Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu, China.

Qin joined the British Museum in 2012 as a trainee curator of Asian coins as part of their Future Curators programme. She catalogued the United Reform Church collection and was involved in the refurbishment of the Citi Money Gallery and assisted with the Numismatic Summer School. As part of the programme, she also worked at the Manchester Museum, cataloguing their Asian coin collection.

Her primary interest is Chinese material culture, in particular weapons of the Shang and Zhou dynasties and numismatics, as well as the history of collecting.

Selected publications

  1. Cao, Q. (Forthcoming). Ritual or Lethal? Bronze Weapons in Late Shang China. In A. Dolfini, R. Crellin, C. Horn, & M. Uckelmann (Eds.), Prehistoric Warfare and Violence: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. London; New York: Springer.
  2. Cao, Q. (2015). Sanxingdui; Warring State Philosophy; Astronomy and Calendar; Military and Weapons; Textile and Clothing; the Art of War. In Y. Zhuang (Ed.), 30-second Ancient China. Lewes: Ivy Press.
  3. Cao, Q. (2014). An Introduction and Identification Guide to Chinese Qing Dynasty Coins. Money and Medals Network website (http://www.moneyandmedals.org.uk)
  4. Cao, Q. (2012a). A Chinese Coin Hoard from Barrow. Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society, (211), 33–37.
  5. Sichuan Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, & Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum (Eds.). (2010). Sanxingdui and Jinsha: Two Peaks in the Ancient Shu Culture. (Q. Cao, Trans.). Chengdu: Sichuan Renmin Chubanshe. (Chinese and English)
  6. Cao, Q. (2006). A Brief Analysis of the Types of World Heritage Properties in China. Sichuan Cultural Heritage, (1), 86–90. (Chinese)

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