Day 36: Han Dynasty Burial Mounds

Today we examined the burial sites of two Han Dynasty rulers, one of whom was the first, and only Empress of China. The shape and form of these burial sites have long since become enveloped by the landscape, but the pyramidal form is distinctive from the surrounding agricultural flatlands, especially when viewed from the air.

Compared to the better known burial traditions of the Qin Dynasty (Terracotta Warriors), Han Dynasty rulers were more modest in their monuments, choosing to use metaphors and a much smaller scale for their burials in order to not bankrupt their own dynasties.

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