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Visiting China’s Past
A Guide to Sites and Resources
by Robert L. Thorp, Washington University
  • A comprehensive tour of the most important archaeological discoveries in China of the 20th century

  • Each compact entry sets the find in its context, providing plan and structure, contents, and dating of each discovery in clear prose with helpful maps, plans, and line art
  • Establishes an historical and cultural context for the discoveries without assuming prior knowledge of Chinese studies

In 24 short essays, Professor Thorp takes the reader on a tour of some of the most important archaeological discoveries in China of the last century. These sites start with the ‘cave home’ of Peking Man near Beijing and conclude with the tomb of the Wanli Emperor (d. 1620) in the Ming valley north of the capital. While some of these sites were always known of, if not excavated, many finds opened new chapters in Chinese history, art, and culture. Almost all are listed on the national register maintained by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and five are also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The archaeological monuments of major capitals from the Bronze Age (Anyang, Zhou Yuan) and imperial eras (Nanjing, Luoyang, Chang’an) are introduced, as are spectacular tombs (the First Emperor’s terra cotta warriors, Suixian, Mawangdui) and rich Buddhist sites (Famen Si, the Mogao caves at Dunhuang) that have done so much to revise our understanding of China’s past. 

The compact entries are divided among six sections that establish an historical and cultural context for the discoveries without assuming any prior knowledge of Chinese studies. Each entry sets the find in its archaeological context, assessing how this material has affected the state of the field. Physical setting, plan and structure, contents, and dating of each discovery are laid out in clear prose with helpful maps, plans, and line art. Related discoveries and sites, including those in other areas, are introduced as well, and recommended readings take interested readers into each topic in greater depth.

Published by Floating World Editions
Published 2006, 240 pp., richly illustrated
ISBN-10: 1 891640 33 X / ISBN-13: 978 1 891640 33 9, paperback, £18.99