On the excavated historical records of ancient China: From the perspective of materials

  • Date: January 22nd, Tuesday, 2022 14:00 – 17:00
  • Online via Zoom

Speaker: Katsuhisa Fujita (Professor Emeritus, Ehime University)

The ancient history of China, especially that of the Qin and Han Dynasties, is being newly written with text materials that were excavated from the ground through archaeological research on top of historical materials that have been transmitted. The text materials were written on bamboo, wood, or silk. Afterward, as paper production technology was distributed by Cai Lun of the late Han Dynasty, the historical materials began to change gradually. In this process, the narrative method of the content also underwent quite many changes. This lecture focuses on how the nature of ancient historical manuscripts changes depending on the change of materials. It will be an opportunity for us to understand not only the transition from the bamboo and wood period to the paper and wood period in ancient Chinese history but also the wooden manuscripts from that period that were found on the Korean peninsula and the Japanese archipelago.