New research and understandings at the Royal City of the Liao Supreme Capital site

Author(s): XinLin Dong; WANG Ying

Year: 2017


The Liao Supreme Capital site is located in Lindong, Balinzuoqi, Inner Mongolia. It contains the Royal City in its north and the "Han" City in its south, with a total area of five squared km. To preserve and better understand the Supreme Capital’s layout and evolution, Team Two of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Archaeological Research joined with the Inner Mongolia Institute of Archaeological Research to form the Liao Supreme Capital Archaeological Team, which conducted full coverage surveying, augering, and systematic excavations at the site from 2011-2015. The Team surveyed and augered a three square km area of the Royal City. Excavations were conducted on the Royal City’s wall and its east and west gates, on the Buddhist temple site on the Royal City’s western edge, on roads and their adjacent architecture in the southern part of the Royal City, on the Palace City’s wall and east and west gates, and on the Palace City Hall Number 1. These investigations at the Supreme Capital resulted in foundational information on Liao Dynasty capital city archaeology, raised the level of research on the Supreme Capital’s layout and evolution, and greatly promoted archaeological and historical research on Liao Dynasty capital cities.

Cite this Record

New research and understandings at the Royal City of the Liao Supreme Capital site. XinLin Dong, WANG Ying. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431713)

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15713