Changsha Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Changsha Bamboo and Wooden Slips Museum,
Excavation of Yuyang Tomb of the Western Han in Wangchengpo, Changsha, Hunan (4)
The Yuyang tomb is situated to the west of Xianjia Lake on the west bank of the Xiang River in Changsha City, Hunan Province. The tomb complex covers an area of more than 10,000 square meters. Surrounding the main burial pit were three outer burial pits located to the east, west, and south, in the shape of triangle. In the year 1993, archaeologists carried out a rescue excavation on the site. The main tomb is a vertical rock – pit tomb with a sloping passage and wooden coffins. It is in the shape of a Chinese character 甲 with a length of 37 m, composed of an earth mound, a tomb passage, and a tomb chamber. The burial style was ticou – the tomb chamber was enclosed by piles of square timbers. Although the tomb had been looted several times, a lot of burial objects were unearthed. There were a variety of lacquer wares, of especially fine quality. The characters “Yu Yang” (which may be the name of the owner, or the name of a county of the Han Dynasty) were found on several lacquer wares. The occupant of the tomb may have been a certain imperial princess of the early Western Han, who married a king of the Changsha Kingdom for political reasons.
Jinan Municipal Institute of Archaeology,
Excavation of a Family Cemetery of the Yuan Dynasty in Langmaoshan Road, Jinan, Shandong (36)
In the year 2005,a rescue excavation was conducted on a family cemetery of the Yuan Dynasty, located at the Langmaoshan Road in Jinan City. Three stone – chamber tombs were unearthed. Inscriptions such as “Shou Chun Tang” (“hall of healthy long life”) and a date inscription “Zhiyuan Geng Chen Nian (1280 C.E.)” were found on the inner surface of the door lintel of tomb M1. Most of the burial objects were porcelain. They were all objects of daily use, belonging to different ware types, and made in different areas. The excavation illustrated the uses of porcelain in the social life of the Yuan Dynasty.
An Uncommon Scroll Painting – Relieving the Disaster Area (45)
Preliminary Analysis of the Granary Sites of the Northern Wei at Caochangcheng in Datong, Shanxi (53)
Huang Qinghua, Huang Wei,
A Pair of Blue – and – white Porcelain Vases Inscribed with the Eleventh Year of the Zhizheng Reign (1351 C. E.) and Decorated with Clouds and Dragons (64)
This pair of vases with an inscription dated to the eleventh year of the Zhizhong reign and designs of clouds and dragons was made in the context of worship of the Wu Xian Shen (the Five Xian God) in southern China in the Song and Yuan Dynasties. They were originally placed in the Linghshun Temple of Wuyuan County, about 68 kilometers from Jingdezhen. They were an offering to Hu Jingyi, one of the attendant gods of the Wu Xian Shen. The patron was Zhang Wenjin, a merchant devoted to the Wu Xian Shen, who lived about 110 kilometers from Jingdezhen. The manufacturer was one of the central kilns of blue – and – while porcelain of the Yuan Dynasty, possibly situated in modern Jingdezhen City.