Journal article

The East Gate of Shimao: An architectural interpretation

Qinghua Guo, Zhouyong Sun

ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN ASIA | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

In 2012, the east gate, its adjoining walls and towers were brought to light at Shimao dated to 2300–1800 BCE. This paper, focusing on the architectural remains, attempts to assess their architectonic makeups. Based on our analysis of the east gate, towers and walls, their forms and layout are reconstructed. This study enquires if Shimao was parallel to or different from other walled settlements built around the same time in the northern region and the Central Plain of China. The study reveals a mutual influence of building techniques and architectural traditions between regions. It is suggested that many important architectural modes and construction systems took place during the late Neoli..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Li Liu, Sir Robert Ho Tung Professor in Chinese Archaeology, Stanford University, for the support to work on the project, and Anne Underhill, Editor of Archaeological Research in Asia for comments and fixing errors.