The Burial Record of Prehistoric Liangshan in Southwest China

Graves as Composite Objects

  • Anke┬áHein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Anke Hein
    Pages 1-7
  3. The Model and the Material

  4. Applying the Model

  5. Evaluating the Model and the Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Anke Hein
      Pages 367-376
    3. Anke Hein
      Pages 377-378
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 379-534

About this book


This book proposes a new model and scheme of analysis for complex burial material and applies it to the prehistoric archaeological record of the Liangshan region in Southwest China that other archaeologists have commonly given a wide berth, regarding it as too patchy, too inhomogeneous, and overall too unwieldy to work with.

The model treats burials as composite objects, considering the various elements separately in their respective life histories. The application of this approach to the rich and diverse archaeological record of the Liangshan region serves as a test of this new form of analysis.

This volume thus pursues two main aims: to advance the understanding of the archaeology of the immediate study area which has been little examined, and to present and test a new scheme of analysis that can be applied to other bodies of material.


burial records in China human burying behavior megalithic graves in the Liangshan Region mortuary archaeology life history of graves methods of analysis of burial materials model of graves methods in burial archaeology burial material and the landscape

Authors and affiliations

  • Anke┬áHein
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42383-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42384-5
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