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The Ye Capital: A New Departure in Urban Design in Early Medieval China

A talk by Xu Guangji

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Professor Xu’s talk will concern the urban planning of Ye, which showed marked differences vis-à-vis the earlier capitals of the Qin and Han periods. These changes proved influential not only on later Chinese imperial capitals (especially on Chang’an and Luoyang during the Sui and Tang periods), but also on those of the then-emergent peer polities in northeast asia: Bohai in present-day northeastern China, Koguryo in present-day North Korea, Paekche and Silla in the southern part of the Korean peninsula, and Yamato in the Japanese archipelago.

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Xu Guangji was vice-director of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, from 1988 to 1991.  He specializes in the archaeology of China’s medieval period (from Han through Tang), and he directed over many years the important excavations at the ancient city of Ye, which was the capital of Western Jin in the third and early centuries and again of Eastern Wei and Northern Qi in the sixth century AD. Professor Xu has also played an important role in overseeing the recent fifteen-year multi-institution archaeological salvage operations in the Yangzi River Gorges.


310 825-8683

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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