Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 1187–1198 | Cite as

Early iron objects of southwest China: a case study of iron objects excavated from Qiaogoutou cemetery site, Sichuan Province

  • Yingfu Li
  • Yuniu LiEmail author
  • Haibing Yuan
  • Gillian Juleff
  • Mengyi Zhang
Original Paper


Iron objects excavated from the Qiaogoutou cemetery site provides an opportunity to study iron-making technology during the late Warring States period and the early Western Han dynasty in southwest China. Five metallographic samples were prepared and analysed. The results are discussed in relation to other studies of iron objects discovered in southwest China.


Iron object analyses Early Han dynasty Qiaogoutou cemetery site Southwest China 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Donald Wagner for his insightful comments, support and assistance. The comments made by the anonymous reviewers helped to improve the quality of the manuscript and are gratefully acknowledged.

Funding information

This research was funded by The National Social Science Fund of China (No.15ZDB056).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yingfu Li
    • 1
  • Yuniu Li
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Haibing Yuan
    • 3
  • Gillian Juleff
    • 2
  • Mengyi Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of History and CultureSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK
  3. 3.Center for Archaeological ScienceSichuan UniversityChengduChina

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