The Nanyue kingdom: archaeology and history beyond early China’s southern periphery

OtRweek5Established in 204 BCE following the fall of the Qin (China’s first ‘empire’), the kingdom of Nanyue flourished just beyond the Han empire’s southern border, until its forced incorporation into China a hundred years later. Archaeological work has done much to complement and illustrate the limited information provided in early Chinese texts about the Nanyue kingdom. The presentation reviews the highlights of Nanyue archaeology (with a focus on excavations at the Nanyue ‘palace’ and the tomb of the second Nanyue king) and considers these findings within the context of broader issues, such as the challenge of resolving ever-present tensions between the historical and archaeological record, along with the impact which Nanyue’s access to ‘exotic’ elements (some possibly originating in western Asia) had on culture change.

Francis Allard, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Thursday 2nd July|12-1pm | Room 412

Feel free to bring your lunch along

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