Xiuzhen, Marcos and I, together with colleagues at the Terracotta Army museum, have been busy working on a range of fun topics over the last few months. Some of this work relates to the geochemistry of the terracotta warriors and their weapons, other bits relate to warrior postures and formation in the pits, and we’ve just finished a paper on the spatial pattens of weapons and warriors that were marked with Chinese characters or numbers by the Qin artisans who made them. At first glance, these things don’t all immediately fit nicely together as research questions, but actually we think they do offer some really useful mutual insights. Hopefully, more news in the spring and summer! More...
Published: Feb 22, 2016 3:14:02 PM
'Imperial Logistics' has two main research aims:
- investigating the crafting methods and logistical organisation behind the construction of the Terracotta Army and the broader mausoleum of the First Emperor of China; and
- developing novel hypotheses and methods, via artefact-scale metric analysis, materials science and spatial modelling, that may be used as a comparative platform for studying craft specialisation, logistical organisation, cross-craft interactions and strategies of enforced social cohesion in emerging imperial systems.
Given the project’s wider context as an international collaboration centred on a World Heritage site, two important further aims are an improved transfer of specialist knowledge among Western and Chinese scholars, and active engagement and dissemination beyond academic circles.
Imperial Logistics: The Making of
the Terracotta Army
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