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Research Department of Han to Tang Archaeology

From:Chinese Archaeology NetWriter:Date:2015-04-24

DirectorZhu Yanshi
Deputy Director
:Gong Guoqiang   Dong Xinlin 
Members Qian Guoxiang, Liu Zhendong, Han Jianhua, Liu Tao,  Li Chunlin, Shi Zishe, He Suili, Zhang Jianfeng, Liu Rui, Guo Xiaotao, Chen Liangwei, An Jiayao, Xu Longguo, Wang Bo, He Liqun, Yang Yong, Wang Rui, Shen Lihua, Wang Ying
    

  Fields of Research and Academic Projects:

  Our major fields of research include: origin and development of ancient cities in China, structure and administration of dynastic capitals from the Han to Tang dynasties, development of the craftsmanship from the Han to Tang, and cultural as well as economic interactions with neighboring countries. Our most recent research focuses on the dynastic capitals from the Han to Tang.

  Previous directors of the department include Su Bingqi, Xu Pingfang, Liu Guanmin, Liu Qingzhu, and Meng Fanren. The department is consisted of seven teams with varied academic focuses:

  1. Archaeological Team of Chang’an City of the Han

       Founded in 1956, this team is responsible for archaeological investigation, survey, excavation, and research concerning the Han capital Chang’an. While emphasizing the exploration of the concrete urban structure, formal features, and cultural remains of Chang’an, members of this team also attempt to place Chang’an in broader contexts such as the historical evolvement of Chinese capital cities and history of the ancient world so as to further elucidate the archaeological features of Chang’an--their origin, later changes, and the underlying historical dynamisms of these changes. Previous and present directors include : Wang Zhongshu (1956-1958), Huang Zhanyue (1958-1962), Li Yuchun (1975-1984), Liu Qingzhu (1985-1992), and Li Yufang (1992-present). Since its birth, the team has conducted following archaeological excavations: city gates of Bacheng, Xi’an , Zhicheng, and Xuanping; ritual complex at the southern suburb of Chang’an; remains of military storehouses; architectural foundations of Changle Palace at Luozhai Village; areas A and B of the front hall of Weiyang Palace; site of Jiaofang Hall; site of central governmental seat; sites of Palace Workshops (shaofu) and other administrative buildings; Guigong Palace; remains of the southwest corner tower; sites pertaining to industries of pottery making, metallurgy, and coin making.       

  Eighteen brief archaeological reports have been published on these excavations. A comprehensive report ‘Weiyang Palace of the Han Chang’an City’ was published in 1996. Two other comprehensive reports, ‘Military Storehouses of the Han Chang’an’ and ‘Ritual Complexes at the Southern Suburb of the Han Chang’an City’ are in the process of compilation.  

       An ongoing project of the team is a joint excavation of the Guigong Palace with Nara National Cultural Heritage Research Institute, Japan.  

  2. Team of Luoyang City from the Han to Wei Dynasties

       The team was founded in 1962. Previous administrators are Xu Jingyuan and Duan Pengqi. Current director is Qian Guoxiang.

       The team is responsible for comprehensive and systematic investigation of Luoyang City of the Han and Wei dynasties. The team attempts to gradually enrich relevant material data through archaeological surveys and excavations. Its ultimate goal is to conduct a synthetic study on the city, employing both textual and archaeological materials.