In Inner Mongolia, archaeologists excavated a 1,500 year old cemetery. One of the unearthed tombs had a coffin with a silk-covered body of a woman. Also within the tomb was a silver vessel that depicts four Greek gods. In addition, the deceased was wearing a gold headband, necklace, belt, and finger rings. The excavating archaeologists believe that the cemetery belonged to a tribal chief of the Gaoche people.
In Chengdu, archaeologists have discovered the remains of the famous Fugan temple 福感寺，which was founded in the Eastern Jin. Among the artifacts found there are more than a thousand tablets with Buddhist sutras inscribed on them, as well as over five hundred pieces of Buddhist stone statues.
We are pleased to announce that Florida International University, Miami, and the Elling Eide Center, Sarasota, Florida will jointly host the 21st annual Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR), October 27-29, 2017
In July of this year the Shanxi Provincial Kaogu yanjiusuo, Taiyuanwenwuju, the Jinyuanqu wenwu luyouju and other units organized an archaeological team and at Wangguocun, Jinyuanqu, Taiyuan City excavated a rarely seen Sui dynasty tomb, at the middle of which was a completely preserved marble sarcophagus, rich in carved content, special in artistic style leading to the wide attention of the scholarly world.
The first conference on religious art was held in Nov. 1999. The second conference, on art and cultural interaction, will be held in China at Peking University in July 2000. The papers from the first conference will be published by Wenwu Press and will hopefully be available at this summer's conference. I include a preliminary list of the contents of this volume for your information. The papers will be in both Chinese and English with translated abstracts.