Yijie Zhuang obtained his PhD from the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. He is now a senior lecturer in Chinese archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. He teaches several courses on Chinese and East Asian archaeology such as Archaeologies of Asia, and Art and Archaeology of Early Imperial China. He has conducted intensive fieldwork in different parts of East and South-East Asia. He is primarily interested in the reconstruction of the water-management systems and agricultural ecologies of both the monsoonal and arid regions of Asia and in how these related to long-term social evolution. He edited 30 Second Ancient China (Ivy Press).