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Archaeology (kaoguxue) is considered an important part of history (historiography, pre-modern) in China. "The study of the examination of antiquity" is the translation of the Chinese term for archaeology and implies a historiographical approach that has been known in China since the Zhou dynasty. Simultaneously, there developed a nurture of antiquity in which, in addition to the written fixation of history, the cataloging and archiving of artifacts, primarily of bronzes from the Shang dynasty, played an i…

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Zorn, Bettina, “Archaeology”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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