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The long dynastic sequence of Imperial China saw the world's most sumptuous and remarkable tombs, seen in the famous terracotta army. What lies behind these, and how did they evolve over time?

Our speaker, Charles Higham has been involved in several television documentaries on the Imperial tombs of China, including the Han Royal Dynasty at Fuzhou and the tomb Xin Shwe at Mawangdui. We will begin with the Shang tomb of Fu Hao, as we learn what it tells us of the first major dynasty based on her tomb and the oracle bone records. We’ll then move to the later Qin and Han tombs to reveal the stunning expertise of the craftspeople and the desire to take all one needs in this life into the next. This will incorporate a detailed look at the world’s most incredible mummy, whose limbs were still mobile and whose complete body has survived intact. What, for example, was her last meal?

Led by an expert on ancient Eastern Civilizations, Charles Franklin Wandesforde Higham, this interactive seminar will describe the imperial Chinese tombs. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the world’s most durable civilization.

Charles Higham is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is an archaeologist with a particular interest in the origins of Southeast Asian civilizations. His excavations in Thailand and Cambodia have greatly increased our understanding of how the great Kingdom of Angkor began, how God-Kings were revered, and with a climatic deterioration, how it came to an end.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Amazing conversation

This was one of my first conversations and I was very pleased with it. The presenter was well-versed in Chinese history and lore. I especially liked the overall look at the emperor’s tomb complex and the schematics regarding where the terracotta warriors are buried. I thought it was all together in the same place. I asked a question about lisar scanning which can give a non-invasive look at what lays beneath the mound but the presenter apparently was not aware of this new technology. I wonder if the Chinese are using it to learn more about what lies underneath. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and will follow up with any Chinese themed conversation in the future. Thank you for providing these amenable learning experiences.

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Amazing conversation

This was one of my first conversations and I was very pleased with it. The presenter was well-versed in Chinese history and lore. I especially liked the overall look at the emperor’s tomb complex and the schematics regarding where the terracotta warriors are buried. I thought it was all together in the same place. I asked a question about lisar scanning which can give a non-invasive look at what lays beneath the mound but the presenter apparently was not aware of this new technology. I wonder if the Chinese are using it to learn more about what lies underneath. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and will follow up with any Chinese themed conversation in the future. Thank you for providing these amenable learning experiences.