The Gold Crowns of Silla (Korea) and the Tomb of a Queen
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Denver Chapter
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

University of Denver, Sturm Hall Room 453
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

The largest mounded tomb from the Silla kingdom in Korea was found to be that of a queen, who wore a pure gold crown and a golden belt of leadership. These make it clear that she was a ruling queen, but she does not appear in the official list of kings, although some queens do. How can archaeology solve this mystery, without any writing in the tomb?

Sarah Milledge Nelson is the John Evans Distinguished Professor with the University of Denver's Department of Anthropology. She received her degrees from Wellesley College, and the University of Michigan (M.A. and Ph.D.), and her areas of specialization are East Asia, particularly Korea and northeast China, gender issues, religion in archaeology, leadership, and ethnicity. Professor Nelson has conducted fieldwork in China and South Korea, as well as several sites in the southwest U.S. Her recent main publications include Shamanism and the Origin of the State, Power and Gender in East Asia (2008, Left Coast Press), and Handbook of Gender in Archaeology, ed. (2006, Alta Mira Press).

Short bibliography on lecture topic:

Nelson, S.M. 2011 Origin, Characteristics and Significance of Silla Gold Crowns. In Gold Crowns of Silla: Treasures for a Brilliant Age. Vol. 2, pp. 130-34. National Treasures of Korea Series. Korea Foundation and UNESCO

Nelson, S.M. 2002 Performing Power in Early China: Examples from the Shang Dynasty and the Hongshan Culture. In The Dynamics of Power, M. O’Donovan, ed. Carbondale: Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University

Nelson, S.M. 1993 Gender Hierarchies and the Queens of Silla, in Sex and Gender Hierarchies, Barbara D. Miller, ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, pp. 297-315.








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