YANG Yimin 
Email: yiminyang@ucas.ac.cn
Telephone: 00861088256417
Address:Yuquanlu 19A, Beijing, China

Research Areas

1. Ancient organic residue analysis, specially proteomics, including ancient Chinese medicine, cosmetic, wine, ink, carbonized material, salt residue etc.
2. Ancient beads
3. Ancient Ceramics and glass

4. Tool marks analysis for ancient artifacts through three-dimensional reconstruction by micro CT and digital microscope


2000-2005, Ph. D, Department of History of Science and Archaeometry, majoring in archaeometry, USTC (University of Science and Technology of China)

2004-2005, visiting student in Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Anthropologie, Germany

1995-2000, B.A., Information Management and Decision Science, majoring in Editing and Publishing, USTC

1998-2000, B.E., Department of Electronic Science and Technology, majoring in Computer Science and Technology (double bachelor), USTC


Work Experience
Jun.2014-   Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)
Jul.2008-Jun.2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Scientific History and Archaeometry, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) Apr.2008-present, the Member of Youth Partner Group of Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and GUCAS, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jul. 2005-Jun.2008, Lecturer, Department of Scientific History and Archaeometry, GUCAS
Mar.2001-Jul. 2001, Teaching Assistant, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Teaching courses

Molecular Archaeology
The history of glass
China Introduction (for oversea students)

Selected Publications

Accepted(*corresponding author):


Ren, M., Tang, Z., Wu, X., Spengler, R., Jiang, H., *Yang, Y., Boivin, N., 2019. The origins of cannabis smoking: Chemical residue evidence from the first millennium BCE in the Pamirs, Science Advances 5, eaaw1391.


孙青丽,朔知,吴妍,杨益民*, 2019. 安徽含山凌家滩遗址出土刻槽盆的淀粉粒分析, 人类学学报, 132-147.


RAO, H., WANG, Q., REN, X., ZHANG, Z., HUANG, W., YUAN, Q., JIANG, X., *Yang, Y. 2019. Earliest use of birch bark tar in Northwest China: evidence from organic residues in prehistoric pottery at the Changning site. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.


Qu, Y., Hu, Y., Rao, H., Abuduresule, I., Li, W., Hu, X., Jiang, H., Wang, C., *Yang, Y., 2018. Diverse lifestyles and populations in the Xiaohe culture of the Lop Nur region, Xinjiang, China, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10, 2005-2014.

GUO, Y., JIANG, Q., LIU, Y., HUANG, W., WU, Y., *Yang, Y. 2018. Provenance analysis of pottery from the Neolithic Diaolongbei site, Hubei Province, China by using NAA and petrography analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21, 200-207.


Ren, M., Wang, R.,*Yang, Y., 2018. Identification of the proto-inkstone by organic residue analysis: a case study from the Changle Cemetery in China, Heritage Science 6, 19.

*Yang, Y., Wang, C., Gao, X., Gu, Z., Wang, N., Xiao, T., Wang, C., 2018. Micro-CT investigation of ostrich eggshell beads collected from Locality 12, the Shuidonggou site, China, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10, 305-313.

Jiang, X., Ma, Y., Chen, Y., Li, Y., Ma, Q., Zhang, Z., Wang, C., *Yang, Y., 2018. Raman analysis of cobalt blue pigment in blue and white porcelain: A reassessment, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 190, 61-67.


陈典,杨益民*, 2017.纸为书用——论纸张大规模生产对早期书法艺术发展的影响,中国科技史杂志38, 210-219.

Mai, H.,*Yang, Y., Jiang, H., Wang, B., Wang, C., 2017. Investigating the materials and manufacture of Jinzi: The lining of Futou (Chinese traditional male headwear) from the Astana Cemeteries, Xinjiang, China, Journal of Cultural Heritage 27, 116-124.

Zhang, G., Wang, S., Ferguson, D.K., Yang, Y., Liu, X., Jiang, H., 2017. Ancient plant use and palaeoenvironmental analysis at the Gumugou Cemetery, Xinjiang, China: implication from desiccated plant remains, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9, 145-152.

Liu, N.,*Yang, Y., Wang, Y., Hu, W., Jiang, X., Ren, M., Yang, M., Wang, C., 2017. Nondestructive characterization of ancient faience beads unearthed from Ya’er cemetery in Xinjiang, Early IronAge China, Ceramics International 43, 10460–10467.

Rao, H.,*Yang, Y., Hu, X., Yu, J., Jiang, H., 2017. Identification of an Ancient Birch Bark Quiver from a Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618–907) Tomb in Xinjiang, Northwest China, Economic Botany 71, 32-44.

Jiang, X., Chen, Y., Zhang, L., Zhang, Z., Ma, Q., Wang, C.,*Yang, Y., 2017. Prototype Doucai porcelain — A special form of ancient Honglvcai in Cizhou kiln, Jin Dynasty (1115–1234 AD), China, Ceramics International 43, 1371-1377.

Shevchenko, A.#,Yang, Y.#, Knaust, A., Verbavatz, J.-M., Mai, H., Wang, B., Wang, C., Shevchenko, A., 2017. Open sesame: Identification of sesame oil and oil soot ink in organic deposits of Tang Dynasty lamps from Astana necropolis in China, PLOS ONE 12, e0158636.

Wu, Y., Guo, X., Wang, W., Chen, X., Zhao, Z., Xia, X., Yang, Y., 2017. Red pigments and Boraginaceae leaves in mortuary ritual of late Neolithic China: A case study of Shengedaliang site, Microscopy Research and Technique 80, 231-238.


Zhao, X., Tang, J., Gu, Z., Shi, J.,*Yang, Y.,Wang, C., 2016. Investigating the tool marks on oracle bones inscriptions from the Yinxu site (ca., 1319–1046 BC), Henan province, China, Microscopy Research and Technique 79, 827-832.

Xie, M., Shevchenko, A., Wang, B., Shevchenko, A., Wang, C., *Yang, Y., 2016. Identification of a dairy product in the grass woven basket from Gumugou Cemetery (3800 BP, northwestern China), Quaternary International 426, 158-165.

Li, Y., Yang, Y., Zhu, J., Zhang, X., Jiang, S., Zhang, Z., Yao, Z., Solbrekken, G., 2016. Colour-generating mechanism of copper-red porcelain from Changsha Kiln (A.D. 7th–10th century), China, Ceramics International 42, 8495-8500.

杨益民, 2016.古代蛋白质分析在考古学中的应用,郑州大学学报:哲学社会科学版49, 102-105.

任萌,罗武干,赵亚军,麦慧娟,饶慧芸,*杨益民,王昌燧. 2016.甘肃酒泉西沟村魏晋墓铜甑釜残留物的脂质分析,文物保护与考古科学. 28, 106-112.

Gu, Z., Kenoyer, J.M., *Yang, Y., 2016. Investigation of ancient Harappan faience through LA-ICP-AES and SR-mCT, 11, C04001.

Mai, H.,*Yang, Y., Abuduresule, I., Li, W., Hu, X., Wang, C., 2016. Characterization of cosmetic sticks at Xiaohe Cemetery in early Bronze Age Xinjiang, China, Sci Rep 6, 18939.


Rao, H., Li, B.,*Yang, Y., Ma, Q., Wang, C., 2015a. Proteomic identification of organic additives in the mortars of ancient Chinese wooden buildings, Analytical Methods 7, 143-149.

Rao, H.,*Yang, Y., Abuduresule, I., Li, W., Hu, X., Wang, C., 2015b. Proteomic identification of adhesive on a bone sculpture-inlaid wooden artifact from the Xiaohe Cemetery, Xinjiang, China, Journal of Archaeological Science 53, 148-155.

Zhang, G., Wang, S., Ferguson, D.K., Yang, Y., Liu, X., Jiang, H., 2015. Ancient plant use and palaeoenvironmental analysis at the Gumugou Cemetery, Xinjiang, China: implication from desiccated plant remains, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 1-8.

Zheng, H., Jiang, H., Zhang, Y., Lü, E.,*Yang, Y., Wang, C., 2015. Early Processed Triticeae Food Remains in The Yanghai Tombs, Xinjiang, China, Archaeometry 57, 378-391.

邓峰,罗武干,*杨益民, 2015.砣具配合解玉砂雕刻玉器纹饰的可能性分析,人类学学报34, 537-543.

解明思,蒋洪恩,*杨益民,伊弟利斯•阿不都热苏勒,胡新军,王昌燧, 2015.新疆克里雅河北方墓地出土食物遗存的植物微体化石分析,东方考古(第11集), 394-401.


Gu, Z., Pan, W., Song, G., Qiu, Z.,*Yang, Y., Wang, C., 2014a. Investigating the tool marks of stone reliefs from the Mausoleum of Cao Cao (AD155–AD220) in China, Journal of Archaeological Science 43, 31-37.

Gu, Z., Zhu, J., Xie, Y., Xiao, T.,*Yang, Y., Wang, C., 2014b. Nondestructive analysis of faience beads from the Western Zhou Dynasty, excavated from Peng State cemetery, Shanxi Province, China, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 29, 1438-1443.

Hao, W., Yang, Y., Zhu, J., Gu, Z., Xie, Y., Zhang, J., Wang, L., 2014. XANES investigation of Chinese faience excavated from Peng State Cemetery site in Western Zhou Period (BC1046–BC771), Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 133-135.

Ming, C., Yang, Y., Zhu, J., Guan, L., Fan, C., Xu, C., Yao, Z., Kenoyer, J.M., Song, G., Wang, C., 2014. Archaeometric investigation of the relationship between ancient egg-white glazed porcelain (Luanbai) and bluish white glazed porcelain (Qingbai) from Hutian Kiln, Jingdezhen, China, Journal of Archaeological Science 47, 78-84.

Qiu, Z., Yang, Y., Shang, X., Li, W., Abuduresule, Y., Hu, X., Pan, Y., Ferguson, D.K., Hu, Y., Wang, C., Jiang, H., 2014. Paleo-environment and paleo-diet inferred from Early Bronze Age cow dung at Xiaohe Cemetery, Xinjiang, NW China, Quaternary International 349, 167-177.

#Shevchenko, A.,#Yang, Y., Knaust, A., Thomas, H., Jiang, H., Lu, E., Wang, C., Shevchenko, A., 2014. Proteomics identifies the composition and manufacturing recipe of the 2500-year old sourdough bread from Subeixi cemetery in China, Journal of proteomics 105, 363–371.

Wu, Y., Yang, Y., Wang, H., Wang, C., 2014a. The effects of chemical composition and distribution on the preservation of phytolith morphology, Applied Physics A 114, 503-507.

*Wu, Y.,*Yang, Y., Xiao, T., Gu, Z., Hill, D.V., Wang, C., 2014b. Characterization of silica distribution in rice husk using Synchrotron Radiation µCT and its implications for archaeological interpretation, Microscopy research and technique 77, 785-789.

Yang, R., Yang, Y., Li, W., Abuduresule, Y., Hu, X., Wang, C., Jiang, H., 2014. Investigation of cereal remains at the Xiaohe Cemetery in Xinjiang, China, Journal of Archaeological Science 49, 42-47.

Yang, Y., Shevchenko, A., Knaust, A., Abuduresule, I., Li, W., Hu, X., Wang, C., Shevchenko, A., 2014. Proteomics evidence for kefir dairy in Early Bronze Age China, Journal of Archaeological Science 45, 178-186.

Zhu, J., Duan, H.,*Yang, Y., Guan, L., Xu, W., Chen, D., Zhang, J., Wang, L., Huang, Y., Wang, C., 2014. Colouration mechanism of underglaze copper-red decoration porcelain (AD 13th-14th century), China, Journal of synchrotron radiation 21, 751-755

谷舟,杨益民,齐雪义,刘文阁,宋国定, 2014.显微CT技术在古代料珠研究中的应用—以河南淅川县马川墓地出土料珠为例, CT理论与应用研究23, 797-803.


Xie, M.,*Yang, Y., Wang, B., Wang, C., 2013. Interdisciplinary investigation on ancient Ephedra twigs from Gumugou Cemetery (3800b. p.) in Xinjiang region, northwest China, Microscopy research and technique 76, 663-672.

Yang, Y., Wang, L., Wei, S., Song, G., Kenoyer, J.M., Xiao, T., Zhu, J., Wang, C., 2013. Nondestructive Analysis of Dragonfly Eye Beads from the Warring States Period, Excavated from a Chu Tomb at the Shenmingpu Site, Henan Province, China, Microscopy and Microanalysis 19, 335-343.

管理,朱剑,樊昌生,杨益民,陈栋梁,徐伟,张静,汪丽华, 2013.明代官窑釉里红瓷器SR-XRF微区线扫描分析,核技术36, 070103.

屈亚婷,杨益民,胡耀武,王昌燧, 2013.新疆古墓沟墓地人发角蛋白的提取与碳,氮稳定同位素分析, GEOCHIMICA 42, 448-454.

司艺,蒋洪恩,王博,何秋菊,胡耀武,*杨益民,王昌燧, 2013.新疆阿斯塔那墓地出土唐代木质彩绘的显微激光拉曼分析,光谱学与光谱分析33, 2607-2611.

郑会平,何秋菊,姚书文,王博,宋国定,*杨益民,王昌燧, 2013.新疆阿斯塔那唐墓出土彩塑的制作工艺和颜料分析,文物保护与考古科学25, 31-38.


Hong, C., Jiang, H., Lü, E., Wu, Y., Guo, L., Xie, Y., Wang, C.,*Yang, Y., 2012. Identification of milk component in ancient food residue by proteomics, PloS one 7, e37053.

Yu, N., Song, Y.,*Yang, Y., Ma, Q., Wang, C., 2012. Study on the glasswares discovered in the underground palace of the Da Bao En Temple in the North Song Dynasty (AD960-AD1127) in Nanjing, China, Science China Technological Sciences 55, 2006-2012.

Zhu, J., Yang, Y., Xu, W., Chen, D., Dong, J., Wang, L., Glascock, M.D., 2012. Study of an archeological opaque red glass bead from China by XRD, XRF, and XANES, XRay Spectrometry 41, 363-366.

谷舟,谢尧亭,*杨益民,王宁,肖体乔,王昌燧, 2012.显微CT在早期釉砂研究中的应用:以西周倗国出土釉砂珠为例,核技术35, 265-269.

梁一鸣,*杨益民,李文瑛,李晓明,王昌燧, 2012.小河墓地出土草篓残留物的蛋白质组学分析,文物保护与考古科学24, 81-85.

杨益民,金爽,谢尧亭,黄文川,王昌燧, 2012.绛县倗国墓地铜簋的残留物分析,华夏考古, 67-71.

郑会平,*杨益民,宋国定,王宏,何努,胡耀武,王昌燧, 2012.河南淅川龙山时代陶鼎炭化残留物的碳,氮稳定同位素分析,第四纪研究32, 236-240.


Cao, Q., *Zhao, H.,*Yang, Y., *He, Y., Ding, N., Wang, J., Wu, Z., Xiang, K., Wang, G., 2011. Electrochemical immunosensor for casein based on gold nanoparticles and poly (l-Arginine)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes composite film functionalized interface, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 26, 3469-3474.

Yang, M., Yang, Y., Wang, C., 2011a. A new 3D information acquisition method of micro-drilling marks on ancient perforated stone bead through micro-CT, Journal of X-ray science and technology 19, 333-343.

Yang, Y., Yang, M., Xie, Y., Wang, C., 2011b. Application of Micro-CT: 3D Reconstruction of Tool Marks on an Ancient Stone Bead and its Implication for Jade Drilling Techniques, Proceedings of the 37th International Symposium on Archaeometry, 13th-16th May 2008, Siena, Italy, Springer, pp. 343-347.

Yiwen, G., Yimin, Y., K, F.D., Dawei, T., Wenying, L., Changsui, W., Enguo, L., Hongen, J., 2011. Investigation of ancient noodles, cakes, and millet at the Subeixi Site, Xinjiang, China, Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 470-479.

洪川,蒋洪恩,*杨益民,吕恩国,王昌燧, 2011.酶联免疫吸附测定法在古代牛奶残留物检测中的应用,文物保护与考古科学23, 25-28.





Li, T., Xie, Y.F., Yang, Y.M., Wang, C.S., Fang, X.Y., Shi, J.L., He, Q.J., 2009. Pigment identification and decoration analysis of a 5th century Chinese lacquer painting screen: a microRaman and FTIR study, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 40, 1911-1918.

Yang, Y., Yang, M., Xie, Y., Wang, C., 2009. Application of microCT: A new method for stone drilling research, Microscopy research and technique 72, 343-346.

金爽,周卫荣,凡小盼,杨益民,董亚巍,王昌燧, 2009.蚁鼻钱铜范浇铸隔离层的模拟制备与分析,中国钱币, 18-21.

李涛,杨益民,王昌燧,方晓阳,谢云峰,施继龙, 2009.司马金龙墓出土木板漆画屏风残片的初步分析,文物保护与考古科学, 23-28.

李迎华,杨益民,周卫荣,董亚巍,王昌燧,金普军,张尚欣, 2009.古代陶范原料配方含有草木灰的化学判断方法,岩矿测试28, 134-138.

马颖,杨益民,宋建忠,吉琨璋,王昌燧, 2009.西周倗国墓地出土荒帷印痕的科技分析,中原文物, 102-105+112.

陶大卫,杨益民,黄卫东,吴妍,吴耀利,王昌燧, 2009.雕龙碑遗址出土器物残留淀粉粒分析,考古, 92-96.


李乃胜,杨益民,何弩, 2008a.关于运城盐池地区早期盐业研究的思考,盐业史研究, 30-33.

李乃胜,杨益民,何弩,毛振伟, 2008b.陶寺遗址陶器彩绘颜料的光谱分析,光谱学与光谱分析, 946-948.

裴德明,胡耀武,杨益民,张全超,张国文,田建文,王昌燧, 2008.山西乡宁内阳垣遗址先民食物结构分析,人类学学报27, 379-384.

杨益民, 2008.古代残留物分析在考古中的应用,南方文物, 20-25.

杨益民,郭怡,马颖,王昌燧,谢尧亭, 2008a.出土青铜酒器残留物分析的尝试,南方文物, 108-110.

杨益民,郭怡,谢尧亭,夏季,王昌燧, 2008b.西周倗国墓地绿松石珠微痕的数码显微镜分析,文物保护与考古科学20, 46-49.

杨益民,汪丽华,朱剑,王昌燧,阎焰,陈栋梁,何伟,黄宇营,华巍,徐伟, 2008c.红绿彩瓷化妆土的线扫描分析,核技术31, 653-657.



董俊卿,杨益民,冯恩学,毛振伟,王昌燧, 2007.雷家坪遗址出土六朝玻璃珠的相关研究,江汉考古, 79-86.

管理,胡耀武,汤卓炜,杨益民,董豫,崔亚平,王昌燧, 2007.通化万发拨子遗址猪骨的C,N稳定同位素分析,科学通报52, 1678-1680.


*Yang, Y., Feng, M., Ling, X., Mao, Z., Wang, C., Sun, X., Guo, M., 2005. Microstructural analysis of the color-generating mechanism in Ru ware, modern copies and its differentiation with Jun ware, Journal of archaeological science 32, 301-310.

杨益民,冯敏,毛振伟,王昌燧,凌雪,龚明,孙新民,郭木森, 2005.汝瓷及其仿制品瓷釉的显微结构分析和“汝钧不分”难题的破解,分析测试学报24, 16-20.

杨益民,冯敏,朱剑,毛振伟,王昌燧,黄宇营,何伟, 2004.宣德官窑青花瓷的面扫描分析,光谱学与光谱分析24, 902-906.

梁宝銮,毛振伟,李德卉,朱剑,冯敏,杨益民,孙新民,郭木森,王昌隧, 2003.能量色散X射线探针技术对汝瓷成分的线扫描分析,中国科学(B化学), 340-346.

杨益民,毛振伟,朱铁权,冯敏,梁宝鎏,王昌燧,孙新民,郭木森,范新生, 2003. EDXRF探针分析古瓷产地的尝试,文物保护与考古科学15, 1-8.

朱剑,毛振伟,杨益民,冯敏,王昌燧,孙新民,郭木森,黄宇营,何伟, 2002.汝瓷成分的线扫描分析,核技术25, 853-858.


current projects

[1] Bone chemistry and residue analysis, supported by Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011-2015
[2] Manufacture Techniques Research about excavated jade and stone artifacts from Xuejiagang Site, supported by National Natural Science foundation of China, 2009-2011 
[3] Residue analysis for animal and plant exploitation in prehistoric Lop Nur,Xinjiang: case study Xiaohe cemetry, supported by National Natural Science foundation of China, 2012-2015