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H 276 x W 203 mm

236 pages

IIlustrated throughout in colour and black & white (146 colour plates)

Published Dec 2018

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690774

Digital: 9781789690781

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China; Archaeology; Han Dynasty; Carved Tombs; Burial

Han Dynasty (206BC–AD220) Stone Carved Tombs in Central and Eastern China

By Chen Li

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Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) stone carved tombs were constructed from carved stone slabs or a combination of moulded bricks and carved stones, and were distributed in Central and Eastern China. In this book, the origins, meanings and influences of these tombs are presented as a part of the history of interactions between different parts of Eurasia.



Chapter One: Introduction; Chapter Two: The Construction of Stone Carved Tombs; Chapter Three: The Imagery of Stone Carved Tombs; Chapter Four: The Origins of Stone Carved Tombs; Chapter Five: The Legacy of Stone Carved Tombs; Chapter Six: Conclusions; Appendix I: Catalogue of Examined Stone Carved Tombs; Appendix II: Description of the Shilipu Tomb; Bibliography

About the Author

Chen Li, DPhil (Oxon.), is an assistant professor at the School of Humanities, Tongji University (Shanghai, China). His main research interests include art and archaeology of early China, structures and contents of Chinese tombs, as well as interactions between Central China and Inner Asia. He has published English and Chinese articles in different peer-reviewed journals or edited volumes. His article Rethinking the origins of Han Dynasty stone carved tombs won the 2014 Young Scholar Award, European Association for Chinese Studies. Currently he leads a research project Constructing Stone Tombs in Early Imperial China funded by the National Social Science Foundation of China.