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The Ancient Highlands of Southwest ChinaFrom the Bronze Age to the Han Empire$
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Alice Yao

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367344.001.0001

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Time and Place in the Early Bronze Age

Time and Place in the Early Bronze Age

(p.75) Chapter 3 Time and Place in the Early Bronze Age
The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China

Alice Yao

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 begins to trace the coordinated acts of burial and mourning that bound the living to the dead during the Bronze Age. The chapter begins by situating emergent territorial politics within projects of mound building for the dead. Cycles of rebuilding and alignment along axial grids in the Qujing basin indicate that these were not eponymous monuments but interconnected, yet unfinished, places for the Mimo where future social relations were envisioned by a progressive scaling up of mounds. These building projects, though generative of new horizons, also formed the basis on which different corporate groups sought to distinguish ancestral memories and control the production of intergenerational time, in particular as certain local Mimo factions accrued wealth and prestige in tribal war.

Keywords:   Mimo, Qujing basin, mortuary mounds, Bronze Age, intergenerational time

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