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Sinology in Würzburg

In Death as in Life?

In Death as in life? The tombs of the upper class in the Liao, Song and Jin Dynasties (915 – 1279)

The project under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dieter Kuhn, funded by the DFG (1990 – 1993), aimed to record the tombs of the upper class of the Liao, Song and Jin dynasties for the purpose of analyzing development and to illuminate a typology of the tombs according to the social stratification of the upper class as a consequence of historical and regional change. For this purpose, grave inscriptions from tombs were made accessible as primary historical sources, land purchase contracts were translated and processed as documents of popular religion and the connection between practice and theory in how the dead were handled in was examined.


  • Dieter Kuhn, Burial in Song China.
  • Dieter Kuhn, A Place for the Dead. An Archaeological Documentary on Graves and Tombs of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
  • Dieter Kuhn, Die Kunst des Grabbaus. Kuppelgräber der Liao-Zeit (907-1125).
  • Dieter Kuhn, How the Qidan Reshaped the Tradition of the Chinese Dome-shaped Tomb.
  • Silvia Freiin Ebner von Eschenbach, Die Sorge der Lebenden um die Toten. Thanatopraxis und Thanatologie in der Song-Zeit (960-1279).
  • Ina Asim, Religiöse Landverträge aus der Song-Zeit.
  • Helga Stahl, Gräber in Sichuan von der Tang- bis zur Song-Zeit: Möglichkeiten einer Regionalgeschichte anhand von archäologischen Funden.
  • Angela Schottenhammer, Grabinschriften in der Song-Dynastie.