Publications regarding archeology with reference to China and Yunnan.

Constance Cook:

Death in Ancient China

The Tale of One Man's Journey

Detailed description and analysis of an early Chinese burial, important to understand Chinese burial customs.

大理白族自治州博物馆馆藏文物精粹 (Dali Prefecture Museum ):


Picture catalogue of the Dali Museum.

大理白族自治州王陵调查课题组 ( ):


Collection of articles on archeology in Dali from the 20th century.

黄德荣 (Huang Derong), 吴华 (Wu Hua) and 王建昌 (Wang Jianchang):


Detailed analysis of tombstone fragments from the Dali Kingdom period found in the Tonghai area. Has a detailed reign table for Nanzhao and Dali Kingdom.

Armin Selbitschka:

The Pitfalls of Second-hand Information

On the Traditionalist Dogma in Chinese Excavation Reports

Abstract: The emergence of archaeology as an independent discipline during the early 1950s directly resulted in the establishment of three major archaeological journals – Wenwu (1950), Kaogu Xuebao (1951), and Kaogu (1955) – as outlets for information gathered in fieldwork; full site reports followed suit. Nowadays, we have roughly three dozen archaeological periodicals and surely more than a thousand monographs covering all areas and periods of Chinese (pre)history at our disposal. Said publications are our primary sources of information. However, the fact that they are anything but primary sources in a strictly methodological sense hardly gets acknowledged. In reality, excavation reports – preliminary as well as monographs – most often only provide a sample of actual data collected from archaeological sites. Consequently, we are constantly dealing with deliberate choices of editors on what particular information to divulge. This paper shall demonstrate that nature and quality of findings are the main decisive factors in this process. For instance, even looted tombs dating from the Zhanguo and Han periods yielding manuscripts generally take precedence over undisturbed graves discovered at the same cemetery simply because they contained manuscripts. Many conclusions concerning such burials are therefore based on a rather small number of published tombs while the often more representative majority of equally accessible graves remain unnoticed. In short, the paper is aiming to raise awareness for a pressing methodological problem. In doing so, it will address various rationales behind the practice of presenting selective evidence in excavation reports and suggest ways to cope with it.

王大道 (Wang Dadao):


A survey of archeological excavations in the Dali region of sites that predate Nanzhao.

谢道辛 (Xie Daoxin):


Review of the archeology in Dali in the 20th century.

杨德文 (Yang Dewen):


Excavations of four Han/Jin Dynasty graves on Honggui Mountain west of Xizhou.