3 km Ming bridge in lake Poyang, Jiangxi

A number of news outlets have reported that lower water levels in Lake Poyang, in Jiangxi province, have revealed the stone slabs making up a 3 kilometre-long bridge built in the Ming.

Ming Daily Calendar available for download

The handy daily calendar of the Ming period by Keith Hazelton, also the first volume in the Ming Research Series, is now available as a downloadable PDF! Thanks to Keith for permission to post it, and to Ted Farmer for sacrificing a copy to be scanned.

Largest Ming cemetery in Guangdong to be excavated

The largest Ming cemetery yet discovered in the province of Guangdong has been discovered in the course of work on the tomb of Zhan Ruoshui. Details: 广东发现省内规模最大明代古墓 – 新华网广东频道.

Reminder: Annual Meeting

A reminder that the annual meeting of the Society for Ming Studies will take place at 7 pm on Friday, March 22, 2013, during the Association for Asian Studies conference. It will be held in the Windsor B room. All are welcome. New members and others interested in the Ming are encouraged to sign up […]

Ming Studies events at AAS 2013

At the AAS meeting in San Diego, the Society for Ming Studies will present a roundtable in honor of Professor Edward L. Farmer. The event will be on Friday, March 22, 7:00 PM in Windsor B at the convention hotel.  The speakers and their topics are: Yonglin JIANG and Yanhong WU: “Decoding Social Order: Ted […]

Latest issue of Xinshixue (New Historiography)

The latest issue of the journal Xinshixue (Vol.23 No.4) has several articles on Ming topics.

Well-preserved Ming tombs excavated in Xi’an

A complex of 19 tombs belonging to a Zhang family has bee excavated in Xi’an. The Zhangs were involved in managing the palace of the Prince of Qin 秦. A painted wooden coffin is particularly well preserved. 西安发现明代家族墓面临文物彩绘褪色朽坏_业界聚焦_新浪收藏_新浪网. Update: More and better photographs here.

Ming History Research Guide available online!

The valuable reference work Ming History: An Introductory Guide to Research is now available online, with the kind permission of the authors and the assistance of Lucille Chia.

Major discovery of ceramics in the palace of a Ming regional king (藩王)

Several sources in China have reported the excavation in Jiangxi of a large quantity of porcelain from the palace of the King of Huai in Poyang 鄱陽, Jiangxi.

State of the field report: Ming history in China, 2011

Xie Yang of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has prepared an in-depth state of the field report on research on Ming history in the PRC. See the attached document.

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