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The First Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture

The first seminar of "Forum on Bashu Culture ", which was sponsored by  Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held on August 18th, 2005. Almost 50 representatives, which came from universities and institutes attended the symposium, such as Sichuan Normal University, Sichuan University, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu Sport University, Sichuan Tourism Institute(preparing),Sichuan Academy of Cultural relics and Archeology,  Chengdu Cultural relics and Archaeological Research institute, Sichuan Federation of Social Sciences Circle, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Chengdu Academy of Social Sciences, chengdu Wu Hou Shrine museum, Guanghan Sanxingdui museum, Bashu Press, Chengdu Daily.

The seminar was hosted by Professor Yu Duan, the manager of Research Center on Bashu Culture of Sichuan Normal University. First, he explained that the original intention and purpose of sponsoring the Forum on Bashu Culture was following the policy of "Let a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend", proceeding down-to-earth and characteristic researches, turning the " Forum on Bashu Culture " into a field of discussing freely and booming academic knowledge, contributing to the development of in-depth study on Bashu Culture.

Bashu Culture is firstly an ancient historical research thesis. During the past 70 years from it was brought up, the research of history and archaeology had got great progress and brilliant achievements. Hereafter, history, philosophy and other disciplines need to fully co-operate, and study should be deeper and more extensive. It is in the phase of testing that sponsoring the "Forum on Bashu Culture "to discuss the problems of Bashu Culture in the form of academic exchanges. We hope the forum can be held from time to time all the year round.


The Second Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture

The second seminar of "Forum on Bashu Culture ", which was sponsored by Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University,was held on September 26th, 2005. Mr. Shaoming Li, who is the academic member of Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University and the research fellow of Sichuan Institute for Nationalities, made a special speech on researches of Zang-Yi Corridor of Bashu Culture. He said that Institute of Tibetology of Sichuan University, Jerusalem University of USA, Society of West Exploitation and Tibet countryside, and other organizations had held many conferences on Zang-Yi Corridor since 2005. At present, Tibetan nationality corridor had become a hotspot to which domestic and overseas academic circles paying more attention.  Sichuan Institute for Nationalities had made more efforts on the investigations and researches of the nationalities of Zang-Yi Corridor, and the focal point of the first phase was the investigations of the branch of the Tibetan culture and the transition of economical culture in Baoxing Country.

Mr. Li Shaoming pointed that the researchers on Bashu Cultural should pay close attention to and join the study on Zang-Yi Corridor. And Zang-Yi Corridor should be a part of study on Bashu Culture, because the east of Zang-Yi Corridor was in the region of ancient Shu. The researches of ethnology and archaeology should be combined to make a new path of ethnology research. At the same time, research field and methods shuold be expanded.


The Third Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture

The third seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture, which was sponsored by Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in Chengdu on January 25th, 2006. The main topics for discussion were:

1."The coordinative meeting on archeology of Hengduan Mountains" would be held in Xichang, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in the first half of 2006.

Scholars had a heated discussion on the study of the sarcophagus burial in Hengduan Mountains. Some scholars said that the study of sarcophagus burial should be limited and be divided by the style of the funeral ceremony, or built-in culture, or combining both. After discussion, they considered that it could be divided by region, such as Dadu River, Jinsha River, and so on, and combined after divided. The sarcophagus burial was more complex than the hanging coffin in China, and we hoped it would get a breakthrough on the study during the symposium.

2. The progress of subject "the origin of civilization in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River"

"The origin of civilization in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River", a subject of National Social Science Research Fund, was concerned by academic circles in Sichuan. Mr. Shaoming Li and Xiang Lin introduced the progress of the subject. After the on-site investigation in Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai and other places had made great gains last year, an on-site investigation would be planned along Guangyuan-Luoyang-Hanzhong-Ankang-Shangluo-Bazhong-Nanchong-Chongqing in the first half of 2006, and cost half a month. Through on-site investigation, the study materials would be rich, and academic research would achieve a breakthrough.

The Fourth Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture was Held in Ya,an

The fourth seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture, which was sponsored by Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in Ya,an on May 29th, 2006.

The seminar was hosted by Mr. Bingzhong Lu, the head of Ya,an Institute of Cultural relics Management, the head of Ya,an Research Institute of Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University .First, Professor Yu Duan, the manager of Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University made a speech. He said today was important for Yaan Research Institute of Research Center on Bashu Culture, because Yaan Research Institute formal established form now on. At the present, with the study on Bashu Culture deepening step by step, the researches shouldn't be limited to a small number of districts and local institutions, and cultural relic workers in various districts should also join in and form a concerted effort to it, in order to promote the vigorous development of the study on Bashu Culture. Ya,an is rich in Bashu Culture heritage, especially the heritage of South Silk Road. Each of the researchers who were engaged in archaeological, historical research should join in and make effort to promote its development.

Mr. Duan also said that the Co-operative research of Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University and Ya,an Research Institute would be focused on the ecology, nationalities, history and culture of Yak Road of South Silk Road to conduct archaeological research over the next two years. We would apply viewpoints and methods of archeology, history, cultural anthropology to investigate and research.

It is a very significant subject that study on the nationalities, ecological changes, history and culture of South Silk Road. Yaan is situated just on the important channel of ancient great national movement£¬has an important place.

Representatives who attended the meeting had a heated discussion on the specific steps and methods of research£¬as well as the subject of the ecology, nationalities, history and culture of South Silk Road£¬and had reached some consensus in the multi-cooperation.


The Fifth Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture

On 30thJune, 2006, the Fifth Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture, presided by the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in Maoxian County. In the Forum, it was announced that the 'Minjiang Upriver Institution' co-built by Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University and the Maoxian Qiang Nationality Museum was normally established. The topics there were about: lines on Silk Road in south, new findings on Neolithic Cultures on Minjiang upriver, study on bronze in south-west, etc.. Professor Duanyu, director of the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, made an important speech on the purpose of establishing the 'Minjiang Upriver Institution' by the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University and the Maoxian Qiang Nationality Museum; he pointed out that it is to, based on great culture conception, conform all possible resources to impellingly promote further development of study on Bashu culture.


The Sixth Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture

On 14th February, 2007, the Six Seminar of Forum on Bashu Culture, presided by the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in Chengdu. The topics were about: preparation on 'Forum on Bronze Culture of Sanxingdui and Silk Road in South'; presenting the topics on ethnology and archaeological excavation at border region between China and Vietnam together with the academes in Vietnam; state and outcome of archaeological excavation cooperating with America. The forum this time further had communications on new materials and outcomes of study on anthropology, history and archaeology of Bashu Culture. Great fruit had been yield with heated discussion and exciting atmosphere.


The 7th Seminar of Forum on Bashu culture

The 7th Seminar of Bashu culture Forum  was held by the Center for Bashu Cultural studies of Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu on January 31st,2008. The theme of the forum is the survey and related problems on the ancient culture of Bashu and the field research in the west of South Silk Road abroad.On the meeting, Professor Duanyu reported what the field researching group on the study of ancient Bashu culture and South Silk Road saw about and gained in the four countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. In January, 2008, the field researching group went to Greece,Turkey, Egypt and India to carry on the research on the the west of South Silk Road abroad. The researching sites are: 1.ancient Greek civilization Corlett ruins and museum, Maixini ruins, Athens Acropolis and temple ruins, Greek National Archaeology Museum; 2. Turkish National Archaeology Museum, Anatolian Civilization Museum; 3. Egyptian Pyramid, the Sphinx, Carnac temple, Lukesuo temple, ancient Memphis ruins, Egyptian National Archaeology Museum; 4.Indian National Museum.They had almost ten thousand pictures and six hours long film of those cultural relics and objects. It's a great harvest.

Professor Duanyu said,compared with the related cultural factors of ancient culture of Shu in Chengdu plain, the cultural forms and ages of the unearthed objects in the cultural relic such as gold sticks, gold masks, bronze statuaries, bronze weapons, bronze saint trees, seashells and ivories, it's proved that there was an international transportation road leading to the east of mediterranean sea centered in Chengdu plain from 2000 BC, the medium-term of Bronze Age. This international transportation road £¬leading to Asia minor through India,Middle Asia and Western Asia from Yunnan. Through this road, there had been different levels of cultural communication between the civilization of ancient Shu and ancient Indian civilization,Mesopotamia civilization,Anatolia civilization,ancient Egyptian civilization,ancient Greek civilization. This has great academic value for the study of the issues as the relationship between China and foreign countries by South Silk Road,how Chengdu had been an international metropolis in the southwest of China in times of Shangzhou, etc.

On this forum,scholars discussed the relationship between the South Silk Road and southeast Asia,also discussed the related issues on the academic research to the southeast Asia and south Asia by the specialists group on the program of study of ancient shu culture and South Silk Road.


The 8th Seminar of Forum on Bashu culture was Held in Kunming

The 8th Seminar of Forum on Bashu culture was held by the Center for Bashu Cultural studies of Sichuan Normal University in Kunming on March 18thand 19th, 2008.The theme of the forum is to analyze tendency of the eastern part of South Silk Road abroad and to discuss the practical significance of the eastern and southern parts of South Silk Road.

It's agreed on that it's of great academic value and practical economic and cultural significance to study the eastern and western parts of South Silk Road. The civilization of ancient Shu in the southwest of China and Yunnan civilization are important parts of Chinese civilization and have great consequence in the origin of Chinese civilization. To study South Silk Road and the culture communication through this road, can prove that Chinese civilization is an open civilization from one aspect. There had been wide economic and cultural communication between the southwest of China and Southeast Asia and South Asia, people communicated a lot at early ages. To study these issues supports the academic research and  improves the trade,cultural communication and the development of tourism on the borders in the southwest of China.

Scholars from Sichuan and Yunnan claimed that they would develop research cooperation to promote the study of South Silk Road.


The 9th Seminar of Bashu culture Forum

The 9th Seminar of Bashu culture Forum  was held by the Center for Bashu Cultural studies of Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu on September 11st,2008. The theme of the forum is to discuss how to promote the issues as to declare South Silk Road as the world cultural heritage and so on. The study of South Silk Road began in 1980s. It's not a long time but we have already had a lot of achievements and disputes. The study of South Silk Road got the attention and support of the government since there's a background of development of the west of China. The research areas of the study of South Silk Road include Sichuan province, Yunnan province, Guizhou province and Chongqing city. The research fields of the study involve archaeology, history and ethnology and other subjects. After many years study, the study of South Silk Road has been a study crossing many  areas and cooperated with many subjects, it's the efforts of the hard work of scholars of three generations. Now people are busy with the work of declaring Silk Road as the world cultural heritage while the work of ly. declaring South Silk Road is far behind. Though there are many reasons, as scholars studying this program for a long time,we should realize this clearly:we have responsibility and even obligation to promote the declaring work from the academic perspective.

It's agreed on that,first, it's proposed to make the government realize the necessity and urgence by the academia; Second, do the organizing work well led by the government; third, all the scholars unite together and work with the government.

It's determined to draft out a proposal to declarethe Southern Silk Road as the world cultural heritage by the name of scholars and to report to the related government departments signed jointly.


International Symposium of New Trend on Studies of Bashu Culture

"The international symposium of new trend on studies of Bashu culture", which sponsored by Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in chengdu on October 18th to 20th, 2005. More than 70 experts and scholars, from the U.S.A., Republic of Korea, Japan, Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Social Science, and other countries and organizations, attended the symposium.

In order to succeed in hosting this symposium, the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University devoted to the organization of articles, and published (II), , and printed collected papers of the Symposium and other papers. The symposium mainly discussed the characteristics of Bashu civilization, the origins of countries and civilization, cities, bronzes, characters, customs, religion, cultural exchanges and so on.


The Symposium of Bashu Culture and origins of Chinese Civilization

On 26hhto 28th may, 2006, a national academic discussion forum, Bashu Culture and origins of Chinese Civilization seminar, presided by the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in Chengdu. More than one hundred people, all experts and scholars on Pre-qin history, folklore or archaeology, attended the forum. The topics of the seminar were about: 1, meaning, process and presenting form on the origination of the Bashu Culture; 2, origination of civilization in Bashu and along the Yangtze River; 3, origination of civilization in Bashu and along the Huanghe River; 4, comparison of origination of Bashu Culture with that of the civilizations in other regions in China; 5, the status of Bashu Culture in origination and shape of Chinese Culture; 6, Bashu Culture with Silk Road in South (Bashu Culture and China-Foreign country Relation in early stage); 7, relevant theories on origination of Chinese Culture.

 New progress and vital breakthrough in the forum: 1, the finding that 'Fu' mentioned in the 'Chujian', inscribed bamboo-slips from Baoshan, Jingmen, Hubei, is the country 'Ba', and the king of 'Fu' is the King of 'Ba'; 2, New recognition on birth place of Dayu, an ancient hero who successfully controlled floods, and on the history that Dayu originated in the west and then gradually moved to the downriver of Huanghe River; 3, further progress on the origination of ancient Bashu culture, therein it is believed that three hierarchies has been evolved in the ancient city group generated in the later period of Neolithic Culture in Chengdu Plain, which symbolizes that the Chengdu Plain had entered into the civil originating period about 4000 ago, thus it entered into tribe period. The ancient Shu region evolved into a country in early period after a developing period characterized by equal phratry structure; 4, now progress of study on legend and history facts of origination of people in Ba.


The Symposium on Bronze Culture of Sanxingdui and Silk Road in South

On 28thto 29th in April, 2007, the national academic forum, The Symposium on Bronze Culture of Sanxingdui and Silk Road in South, presided by the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University, was held in Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Sichuan. The principal topics of the forum were: Sanxingdui and the Silk Road in South, Silk Road with the China-Foreign Country Relations in early period, Culture communications in the Silk Road in South, Bronze study in the Silk Road in South, etc.. After animated and deep discussion, some breaking academic outcomes had been yielded. The forum this time, based on study more than 20 years on Silk Road in south in academes, having surveyed the thoughts on study, was a pageant for prospecting the future. It symbolizes the high tide from start to the development about the study on Silk Road in south more than 20 years. Along with the academic activities held subsequently such as 're-walk the Silk Road in South', 'Bronze Culture Exhibition of Sanxingdui and Silk Road in South', Abroad Inspection of Silk Road in south, etc., the studies on the Silk Road in south would be certainly more prosperous and yield more.


Symposium on the Longmen mountain and the civilization of the ancient Shu

On December 8th and 9th,2007, Symposium on the Longmen mountain and civilizatin of ancient Shu was held in shifang city, Sichuan province,which was held by Shifang City government and the Center for Bashu Cultural studies of Sichuan Normal University(the Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Science of Ministry of Education). Scholars had a passionate discussion on the theme of civilization in Longmen mountain and the ancient Shu from eight perspectives on history,archaeology,ethnology,mine and metal technology. It is generally regarded that Longmen mountain plays an important role in the origin, development and cross-culture communication of ancient Shu civilization,for Longmen mountain leads to Gansu and Qinghai plateau in the northwest and connects Chengdu plain in the southeast. It can also be claimed that there would be no such gorgeous ancient Shu culture without Longmen mountain which has been a key road of transportation. The ancient culture around Longmen mountain is an important part of the origin of Bashu culture. The cultures of Sanxingdui and Jinsha originate in the east of Longmen mountain and their origination didn't  happen by chance but had a process of development.  The ancient civilization in Chengdu  plain  contains the ancient culture in Longmen mountain which is no doubt one of the key roads of ancient culture transmission. The sites of Shangzhou unearthed in Shifang belong to the relic of late culture of Sanxingdui,which indicates that the culture in the front areas of Longmen developed with Sanxingdui  ancient Shu culture. Furthermore, the boat-shaped coffins in Shifang are the relic of civilization of ancient Shu. So Longmen mountain was always a part of civilization of ancient Shu from the period of Shangzhou and the period of war states. On the openning ceremony, there was a ceremony of sign awarding to Shifang research institute which is a branch of Research Center of Bashu culture of Sichuan Normal University.


The Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University was given the title of the 'Bashu Cultural studies Base of the Pre-Qin History Association of China'

On 26, may, 2006, in 'Symposium of Bashu Culture and Chinese Civilization origination', Xiao lin -Qi, the vice present of Sichuan Normal University, received the bronze tablet of 'Bashu Cultural studies Base of the Pre-Qin History Association of China'from the present of the China Pre-Qin History Association, which thus made the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University normally be the Bashu Cultural studies Base of the Pre-Qin History Association of China. The China Pre-Qin History Association is the highest academic institution on Pre-Qin history studies field all around China. To strengthen and promote further study on Bashu Culture, the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University submitted an application to the Association, which later won the approval of the Present, professor Xueqin- Li, then the Bashu Cultural studies Base of the Pre-Qin History Association of China' was conferred to the Center for Bashu Cultural Studies of Sichuan Normal University.


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