Welcome to the Early China Website, the internet home of the Society for the Study of Early China (SSEC). The mission of this site is to foster scholarly exchange and communication among all people interested in the culture and civilization of China from earliest times down through the end of the Han dynasty in 220 CE.


Use the links above to navigate this site. The Society's peer-reviewed journal Early China is printed annually in the autumn and is available to members and institutional subscribers to read online here.


Early China 39 (2016) is now in print and may be ordered by clicking here. All current and new members of the Society will receive this issue as soon as it becomes available and can read its content online throughout the year. To join the Society, visit the Cambridge University Press website (here).