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On the Kele Culture

Yong Yang
Published Online: 2013-12-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/char-2013-0022


The local-styled tombs of the Warring-States Period to the Western Han Dynasty recovered at Kele Site in Hezhang County, Guizhou Province had rich cultural connotations and distinct features, the “head encasing” burial custom of which was especially unique. These tombs showed sharp differences to the Han-styled tombs in the same cemetery and other regional cultural remains in peripheral areas and represented a new archaeological culture in the Xinan Yi (Southwest Barbarians) Region of the Warring-States to the Qin-Han Periods, which could be named as “Kele Culture”. The putting forward of the concept of “Kele Culture” and the research on it had great academic significance; they will positively influence the archaeological researches on the Xinan Yi Region of the Warring-States to the Qin-Han Periods and lay firm foundation for the in-depth archaeological exploration of Yelang Culture.

Keywords: Ethnology-China; Kele Culture; minorities- China; southwest-history; Warring-States Period to Western Han Dynasty; Xinan Yi (Southwest Barbarians)

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Published Online: 2013-12-12

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Chinese Archaeology, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 186–191, ISSN (Online) 2160-5068, ISSN (Print) 2160-5025, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/char-2013-0022.

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