Publications regarding archeology with reference to China and Yunnan.

Constance Cook:

Death in Ancient China: The Tale of One Man's Journey

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.

Anke Marion Hein:

Interregional contacts and geographic preconditions in the prehistoric Liangshan region, Southwest China


The Liangshan region is located at the intersection of several cultural-geographic regions in Southwest China; it is dominated by the towering Hengduan Mountains, whose northesouth oriented ridges channeled the early exchange along China’s western frontier. The archaeological material from this region therefore provides an ideal case study for research on mechanisms of cultural contact and their environmental preconditions. This paper unlocks the research potential of the Liangshan region by first providing an overview of local prehistoric cultural developments and their geographic preconditions, focusing on signs of outside contacts and their possible origin; in a second step, it suggests routes and types of contact and their motivations. I argue that questions of cultural identity, inter-group contact, and humaneenvironment interaction cannot be treated separately but have to be considered in combination. At the same time, the case at hand shows that the environment is not just a limiting or determining factor: even marginal environments can be used in a variety of ways and do not necessarily lead to conflict among neighboring populations. I therefore argue that in the emergence of contact networks and acceptance of foreign traits, cultural decisions are just as important as and sometimes even more important than geographic preconditions.

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.

胡长城 (Hu Changcheng):

寻找“哀牢古国”: 云南昌宁大甸山墓地发掘


An archeological important dig in Changning, discovering artefacts maybe belonging to the Ailao State.

Armin Selbitschka:

The Pitfalls of Second-hand Information: On the Traditionalist Dogma in Chinese Excavation Reports

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.

汪宁生 (Wang Ningsheng):

云南少数民族科技史学习札记 古代云南的养马业

Horse breeding in Yunnan

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.