Abstract: The Gold Crowns of Silla (Korea) and the Tomb of a Queen

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?


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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