CAS Luncheon Series
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
CAS Conference Room

In stark contrast to the lack of evidence of other Chinese architecture from the Han dynasty (Western Han 206 BC-AD 8, Eastern Han 25-220), a significant number of tombs have survived from that period. Han Tomb is a key remnant for ancient architecture in China. In fact, no timber architecture built before the Tang dynasty (618-907) exists today. Reexamining the Han Tomb can help us find more valuable direct materials for the research on ancient architecture and thought. In fact, The changes of the structure of Han Tomb, including the design, layout and way of construction, are not only the reflection to the form, technology, and custom of the architecture from the Han dynasty but also more closely related to the changes in religion and ideology at that time.

I’m MA YUAN, a PHD student at Sichuan University in China. My major is Chinese History, mainly focusing on Qin and Han dynasty. My current work explores the various developments of different forms of the tomb architecture in Han dynasty as well as their relationship with the thought, religion and culture over that time.