Mortuary Culture and Ethnic Politics in Eleventh-Century Northeast Asia

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

Due to an abundance of surviving textual sources, historians of
China's Song Dynasty (960-1279) have made relatively little use of the
archaeological record. In this talk, I will introduce a database I
have compiled of eleventh-century tombs excavated in a broad region
that spans the historical boundary between the Song state and its
northern neighbor, the Eurasian steppe-based Liao Empire. I will then
show how this dataset (in conjunction with GIS) can clarify in
interesting ways the nature and impact of Song-Liao ethnic politics.