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HOU Yamei
   142 Xizhimenwai ST., Beijing, 100044, China
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Education and Appointments:

Research Interest:
Paleolithic study for human evolution,technology and cognition of early human,  microwear analysis, prehistoric art
Public Services:


2012  Honored Award of one of six most meaningful archaeological sites with academic value of the year 2011 in China for the new discovered Ulan Molon site in Ordos.

2004  Award of one of four Chinese Young Women Scientists for the first time

2003  Honored Winner of National Best Quality of PhD dissertation of China

2000  Honored Award of National Ten News of Basic Science of China

1996  National Key Cultural Relic Preservations for Panxian Dadong site in China 

Seleted Publication:

Books and Volumes:

   1 Hou Y.M. Huang Wanbo, Boëda E. Longgupo Site, Science Press: Beijing (in Chinese, in press)

2 Hou Y.M., Lithic Industry of Donggutuo Site in the Nihewan Basin,North China, Geology Press: Beijing (in press)

 3 Allue E. Hou Y.M., et al. Eds. East meets West: Human Settlements in Eurasia. Quaternary International. 2013,Vol.295.

 4 Huang W.W., Hou Y.M., Si X.Q. Eds. Multi-disciplinary study of Panxian Dadong , the Lower Paleolithic site of Guizhou, southwest China, Science Press: Beijing (in press)

 5 Boëda E., Hou Y.M. Le site de Longgupo, Chongqing,Chine. L'Anthropologie. 2011,Vol.115(1): 1-196

 6 Huang W.B., Lei W., Hou Y.M., Xu Z.Q. Eds. Mystery of the Ancient. Chongqing radio and TV Group ( total ) Chongqing audio-visual publishing house :Chongqing , 2007 : 1-134

7 Huang W.B., Hou Y.M., Xu Z.Q. Eds. Longgupo : a living space two million years ago. Zhonghua Book Company: Beijing, 2006: 1-163

8 Gao X., Hou Y.M., Eds. The Paleolithic Study of the 20th century by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Cultural Relics Publishing House: Beijing, 2002


Main Articles :

1         Hou Y.M., Yang Shi-Xia, Dong Wei, Zhang Jia-Fu. Late Pleistocene representative sites in North China and their indication for evolutionary human behavior. Quaternary International . 2013, Vol 295:183-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.03.035

2         Hou Y.M., Wang Zhihao, Yang Zemeng et al. The first trial excavation and significance of Wulanmulun site in 2010 at Ordos, Inner Mongolia in north China. Quaternary Sciences  2012, Vol. 32 (2):178-187

3         Hou Y.M., Gao Lihong, Huang Weiwen, et al. A Report on the 1993 Excavation of the Gaolingpo Paleolithic Site in the Bose Basin.  Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 2011, 30 (1): 1-12

4         Hou Y.M., Zhao Lingxia, An archeological view for the presence of early humans in China. Quaternary International. 2010, 223-224: 10-19

6         Hou Y.M., Zhao Lingxia. New archaeological evidence for the earliest hominine presence in China. In Fleagle JG, Shea JJ, Grine FE, Baden AL, Leakey RE, Eds. Out of Africa I: The First Hominin Colonization of Eurasia. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Dordrecht: Springer. 2010, pp. 87-95

7         Hou Y.M.. 2008. Le « nucléus Donggutuo » et sa signification dans l’industrie du paléolithique inférieur de Donggutuo, bassin de Nihewan, Chine du Nord. L’Anthroolgie. 2008,112(3) 457-471

8         Hou Y.M., Huang,Weiwen Li Yinghua. 2008. The biface-bearing industries of Lower Paleolithic in North China Human Evolution.23 (1) : 123-125

9         Hou Y.M., Li Yinghua, Huang Wanbo, Xu Ziqiang, Lu Na. New lithic materials from Level 7 of Longgupo site . Quaternary Sciences. 2006 ( 4): 555-561

10     Hou Y.M.. Shuidonggou: A Vane of intercommunication between the east and the west?-discussion about small tool culture in north China and a hypothesis of the “Lithic Road” . Quaternary Sciences.2005 (6):750761

11     Hou Y.M.. Naming and preliminary study on the category of the “Donggutuo Core” Acta Anthropologica Sinica . 2003, Vol.22 (4): 279-292

12     Hou Y.M.. Richard Potts, Baoyin Yuan, Zhengtang Guo, Alan Deino, Wei Wang, Jennifer Clark, Xie Guangmao, Huang Weiwen. Mid-Pleistocene Acheulean-like stone technology of the Bose basin, south China. Science , 2000,Vol.287, No. 5458, 1622-16263

13     Han Fei, Bahain J.-J. , Boeda E. , Hou Y.M. , Huang Wanbo, Falguères C., Rasse M. , Wei G.B., Garcia T., Shao Qingfeng , Yin G.M. Preliminary results of combined ESR/U-series dating of fossil teeth from Longgupo cave, China. Quaternary Geochronology, 2012, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2012.03.006

14      Boëda E, Hou Y.M., Forestier H., Sarel J., Wang H.M. Levallois and non-Levallois blade production at Shuidonggou in Ningxia, North China Quaternary International, 2013, Vol 295:191-203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.07.020.

15     Boëda E, Griggo C, Hou Y.M. et al. Données stratigraphiques, archéologiques et insertion chronologique de la séquence de Longgupo  L'Anthropologie. 2011, 115(1): 40-77

16     Boëda E, Hou Y.M. Analyse des artefacts lithiques du site de Longgupo. L'Anthropologie. 2011, 115(1): 78-175

17     Boëda E, Hou Y.M. Étude du site de Longgupo – Synthèse. L'Anthropologie. 2011, 115(1): 176-196

18     Zhao L.X., Hou Y.M. Early hominine evidence and related hominoid fossils in Southern China. Human Evolution. 2008, Vol.23-n.1-2(137-144)

19     Zhu RX, Hoffman KA, Potts R, Deng CL, Pan YX, Guo B., Guo ZT, Yuan BY, Hou Y.M., Huang WW. Earliest Presence of Humans in Northeast Asia. Nature ,2001, Vol.413: 413-417

20     Potts R., Huang Weiwen, Hou Y.M., Deino Alan, Yuan Baoyin, Guo Zhengtang, Clark J. Tektites and the Age Paradox in Mid-Pleistocene China. Science, 2000, Vol 289, No. 5479: p. 507a

21     Huang Weiwen, Hou Y.M.. A Perspective on the Archaeology of the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition in North China and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Quaternary International eds.by Laurence. Strause et al. 1998, Vol. 49/50, 117-127



Supported Projects:

Since 1992-, multiple projects granted by Chinese NSFC, CAS, MST, Chinese State Bureau of Cultural Relics, French Foreign Ministry, CNRS, US Wenner-Gren Fnd. etc. including official collaborative projects frequently with USA, France, Slovenia, India, Spain and Poland for various sites in relevant countries and all over China.


Core professional activities since1991

a. Excavation and study relevant archaeological materials of Chinese Paleolithic sites as a main participant or leader for all Lower-Middle-Upper periods at Nihewan Basin, Salawusu, Shuidonggou, Xiaogushan, Wulanmulun(in Chinese, named Ulan Molon in Mongolian) sites in North China, and at Panxian Dadong, Bose Basin, Longgupo and Yunxian Jiantanping sites in south China.

b. Professional investigations in 18 regions of provincial administration of China.

c. Participating international co-projects:

with USA   1991-1992 in the Nihewan basin of north China,

1996-2000 in the Panxian Dadong cave site in southwest China,

with France  1999-present in China for different sites from north to south,

2010-2014 in main continents (Eurasia and Africa) of the world

with S. Africa  2012 for bilateral sites

d. Leading international co-projects:

with USA     1996-2000 in the Bose basin of south China

with France   2003-2006 for Longgupo site in middle south China

with Slovenia  2001, 2004 for bilateral sites

with India     2001, 2009, 2010,2012 for bilateral sites

with Spain     2001, 2011, 2012 for bilateral sites)

with Poland    2011 for bilateral sites

Other professional investigation and working experience abroad in:

France (1995, 1996, 2000,2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 011),

Germany (1995, 2001, 2004),  Switzerland (1995), Italy (1996),

Slovenia(1998, 2002, 2004), Japan (1999), Syria (2001),

Belgium(2001), Spain (2002, 2011), India (2002, 2009-2010, 2011)

Russia (2005), Georgia (2011), Korea (2011, 2012, 2013), Poland (2011), South Africa (2012).