Gideon Shelach-Lavi is the Louis Freiberg Professor of East Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the head of the Institute of the Asian and African Studies and the Asian Sphere program. Prof. Shelach-Lavi is an archaeologists specialized in the Neolithic and Bronze Age of north China. He hold a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburg. Since 1995 he is conducting archaeological field works in Northeast China and is currently heading the Fuxin Regional Archaeological Project, in Liaoning province. He published more than 60 papers in leading academic journals (including Science, Antiquity, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, and more, including academic journals in China). Among his recent books are: The Archaeology of China: From Prehistory to the Han Dynasty (Cambridge University Press; 2015); Prehistoric Societies on the Northern Frontiers of China: Archaeological Perspectives on Identity Formation and Economic Change during the First Millennium BCE (Equinox 2009); Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Project (co-author, Pittsburgh 2011), The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin revisited (co-editor, University of California Press 2013) and Kol Asher mi-takhat le-shamaim: Sin Ha-Keisarit (All under Heaven: Imperial China [in Hebrew]) (co-author with Yuri Pines, Open University Press, 2012).