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Completed research project

Title / Titel Bailongsi - The Temple of the White Dragon
Archaeological Project in Shandong, China
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Original title / Originaltitel Grabungsprojekt Bailongsi, "Der Tempel des Weissen Drachen" in Shandong, China
Summary / Zusammenfassung The excavation project focuses on the exploration of the remains of a Buddhist temple from the 6th century in Shandong Province, Eastern China.
After the first two campaigns, the team was able to clarify the overall size of the compound and the location of gates, walls and buildings. Several phases of construction on the site have been verified.
More than 120 fragments of Buddhist sculptures were excavated along with ceramics, roof-tiles and objects of daily use. The team is currently preparing a research season with the Chinese partner institutions. A workshop with representatives of the Archaeological Institute of Shandong province will be held in April 2005 in Zurich.
The next steps to be taken are to analyze the data gained in the years 2003–2004 and to prepare the publication of the results of the two previous campaigns.

The project is based on research done in preparation of the exhibition "The Return of the Buddha" that was shown in Zurich, Berlin, London and Washington D.C. in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
Publications / Publikationen Brinker Helmut, Nickel Lukas, Britschgi Jorrit: Auf der Suche nach dem Tempel des Weissen Drachen. Ein SLSA-Grabungsprojekt in der VR China. (Zwischenbericht zur ersten Kampagne). In: SLSA Jahresbericht 2003, 157–170.

Lukas Nickel, Museum Rietberg ed.: Die Rückkehr des Buddha. Chinesische Skulpturen des 6. Jahrhunderts – Der Tempelfund von Qingzhou. Zürich, Museum Rietberg 2001.
With essays by Helmut Brinker, Alexander Mayer, Su Bai, Zhang Zong and Lukas Nickel

English editions: The Return of the Buddha – Buddhist Sculptures of the 6th Century from Qingzhou, Shandong. Zürich, Museum Rietberg 2002; and: Return of the Buddha – the Qingzhou Discoveries. London, Royal Academy of Arts 2002, and Arthus M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 2004.

Lukas Nickel: "Ein Fund erregt Aufsehen – die Skulpturen aus Qingzhou und der urbane Buddhismus des sechsten Jahrhunderts." Ostasiatische Zeitschrift, Neue Serie, Nr. 3, Frühjahr 2002, 5–23.

Keywords / Suchbegriffe China, Shandong, Buddhism, Buddhist temple, Buddhist art, sculpture, Buddhismus, Tempel, buddhistische Kunst, Qingzhou
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Helmut Brinker (Project Leader) hbrinker@khist.uzh.ch
Lukas Nickel ln2@soas.ac.uk
Jorrit Britschgi J.Britschgi@khist.uzh.ch
Other links to external web pages http://www.archaeologie.info/drache
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung), Foundation, Others
Auswertung der Kampagnen 2003 und 2004: SNFSchweizerisch-Liechtensteinische Stiftung für Archäologische Forschungen im Ausland (SLSA)Stiftung für Wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Universität Zürich
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Li Chuanrong (Director)
Tong Peihua (Vice-Director)
Archaeological Institute of Shandong Province
Jinan, PR China
China
Sun Bingming (Director)
Palaeological Museum
Linqu, Shandong Province
PR China
China
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Sep 2002 to Dec 2007