For its first project, the MAFNEC team adopted the perspective of the relations between men and environment on the long time frame, focussing on the Dongliao River Valley in the Southwest of Jilin Province, a region located at a crossroad between various cultures and traditions of Northeast China during each period. This project encompasses the multidisciplinary study of three sites (Changshan, Dajinshan, and Pianliancheng). This region is a contact point between three ecological environments (the Dahai Mountains in the East, the Horqin Desert in the West and the Changchun Plain in the North), three provinces (Jilin, Inner Mongolia and Liaoning), and various archaeological cultures. Archaeological remains from the Southwest of Jilin Province have not been well studied so far, and such research can only be carried out in cooperation between international scientists.

One of the main research themes questions focus on the Neolithisation processes and the dynamics in play during the transition between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age periods. Landscape formation is rarely researched in China and is an important focus of this study for each site. Two of them – Changshan and Dajinshan – have been chosen because of their location within a group of ancient river beds which have had a large influence on the shapes of the landscape and on the available resources during the successive periods. This region of sandy black soils (phenozems) is the place of significant erosion processes which are accelerated by recent practices of deforestation and intensive agriculture. Research on the origin of raw materials and on short and long-distance exchanges are other important research focuses of the project.


– Sebillaud, Pauline, Elizabeth Berger, Kan Hou, Gwendal Gueguen, Zhongwei Jing, Xavier Peixoto, Jennifer Keute, et Thibaut Devièse. « Catholic-Confucian Mortuary Practices in a Rural Manchurian Cemetery ». Historical Archaeology 56 (11 avril 2022): 1‑31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41636-022-00330-x.

– Sebillaud, Pauline, Elizabeth Berger, Hou Kan, Gwendal Gueguen, Xavier Peixoto, Jing Zhongwei, Pauline Duval, et Li Penghui. « Le cimetière catholique oublié de Pianliancheng en Mandchourie ». Archéologia, no 605 (janvier 2022): 58‑63.

– Sebillaud Pauline et Jing Zhongwei 井中伟, Pianliancheng yu Lishu jiaomin mudi 偏脸城与梨树教民墓地 [Pianliancheng et le cimetière chrétien de Lishu], Science Press Beijing, 2021.

– Sebillaud Pauline, Peixoto Xavier, Liu Xiaoxi, and Jing Zhongwei, « Un site fortifié médiéval en Mandchourie », Archéopages, vol. 47, 2020, p. 120‑121.

– Sebillaud Pauline, Peixoto Xavier, Liu Xiaoxi and Jing Zhongwei, « Un cimetière catholique du XIXe siècle en Chine », Archéopages, vol. 47, 2020, p. 122‑123.

– Lyce Jankowski and Sebillaud Pauline, « Mission archéologique franco-chinoise dans le Nord-Est de la Chine : découvertes monétaires en contexte funéraire sur le site de Pianliancheng », Bulletin de la Société française de numismatique, 73/08, octobre 2018, p. 387-392.

– Duval, Pauline, Sebillaud Pauline, and Jing Zhongwei. « Changshan (Chine) : L’enregistrement du corpus céramique par la MAFNEC ». In Méthodes d’enregistrement Des Données En Archéologie, Marion Dessaint, Camille Gorin, et Candice Del Medico (éd.). Archéo.Doct. Paris, Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2019. http://books.openedition.org/psorbonne/38632.

– Sebillaud, Pauline, Xavier Peixoto, Fang Qi, and Jing Zhongwei. « MAFNEC 2018 – Hommes et environnement dans la vallée de la Dongliao (Jilin, Chine) – Dajinshan », CNRS en Chine, 2018, 28, p. 43‑47.

– Sebillaud, Pauline. « Archéologie préhistorique : la mission MAFNEC dans le Nord-Est de la Chine », CNRS en Chine, 2016, 22, p. 26-29.

– Sebillaud Pauline, Wei Jiaming 魏佳明, Li Penghui 李鹏辉, Chen Xiaofei 陈晓菲, and Jing Zhongwei 井中伟, « Jilin sheng Lishu xian Pianliancheng xice Jin dai yicun 2017 nian fajue jianbao 吉林省梨树县偏脸城西侧金代遗存2017年发掘简报 [2017 Excavation report on the Jin Period remains of the west entrance of the Pianliancheng Site, Lishu District, Jilin Province] », Bianjiang kaogu yanjiu 边疆考古研究, 2020, vol. 27, p. 67-84.

– Sebillaud Pauline (史宝琳), « Lishu xian Pianliancheng ximen Qing dai zhi Minguo shiqi mudi 梨树县偏脸城西门清代至民国时期墓地 [The Qing Dynasty and Republican Period Cemetery of Pianliancheng Western Entrance, Lishu District] », 2018 Zhongguo kaoguxue nianjian 2018中国考古学年鉴, 2020, p. 204‑205.







Links/Academic Blogs

Mafnec Academic blog


CRCAO members

Full members
Pauline Sebillaud 史宝琳 (CNRS)
Alain Thote (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

Doctoral students
Pauline Duval (École Pratique des Hautes Études)

Outside Participants

Joël Suire (Research Engineer, CNRS, ArScan (Archaeology and sciences of the Antiquity, UMR 7041))
Xavier Peixoto (Researcher, Inrap (French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research))
Stéphane Frère (Researcher, Inrap (French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research))
Margareta Tengberg (Professor, CNRS, French National Museum of Natural History (Archaeozoology and Archaeobotany, UMR 7209))
Michel Rasse (Professor, CNRS, Archéorient (Environnements et sociétés de l’Orient ancien, UMR 5133))
Thibaut Devièse (Assistant Professor, Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Elizabeth Berger (Assistant Professor, Département d’anthropologie, Université de Californie du Sud, Riverside)
Jennifer Keute (Ph.D. Student, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Université d’Oxford)
Wang Lixin (Professor, Research Centre on China Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University)
Jing Zhongwei (Professor, Research Centre on China Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University)
Tang Zhuowei (Professor, Research Centre on China Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University)
Lin Sen (Lecturer, Research Centre on China Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University)
Li Penghui (Ph.D. Student, Research Centre on China Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University)
Chen Xiaofei (Ph.D. Student, Research Centre on China Frontier Archaeology, Jilin University)
Liu Xiaoxi (Researcher, Jilin Province Archaeological Research Institute)