Preliminary study on Western Han dynasty settlements in the Lingnan region

Author(s): Lo Chi Kei

Year: 2015


Recent archaeological excavations in eastern and northern Guangdong and eastern Guangxi discovered palaces and administrative offices in the period of Nanyue Kingdom. Also, the characteristics of the palaces and the offices were Han-style and other facilities were installed defensive function as a military post.

Based on the excavations, this paper studies how the elements of Han culture were integrated into Yue culture as reflected their settlement structures, architectures, and other material expressions in the Lingnan region, covering Guangdong and Guangxi on Western Han dynasty settlements.

• Firstly the paper examines the development of politics and economics from the early Western Han to the later Western Han.

• Second, it studies how Zhao Tuo, King of Nanyue, maintained Han culture but also combined with Yue culture to re-construct the new "kingdom" that presented architectural forms.

• Third, it discusses how Yue people under the control of Han authorities adapted external impacts on their culture in Lingnan region.

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Preliminary study on Western Han dynasty settlements in the Lingnan region. Lo Chi Kei. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395836)