Writings on lost ancient Que School of traditional Chinese medicine unearthed in Sichuan

Chengdu Wanbao 17DecThe Chengdu Institute of Archaeology yesterday publicized its most important archaeological finding of 2013, which was unearthed at a town called Tianhui in Jinniu area (金牛区天回镇), in the northeastern regions of Chengdu. Workers digging for a new subway line came across the tomb of a government official during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC to 8 AD).

After almost a full year of excavations, the site has yielded 920 Western Han bamboo writing strips. Based on initial analysis of the strips, they were found to mostly contain writings on medical subjects, and in particular on a branch of traditional Chinese medicine called the Que (Magpie) School (中医扁鹊学派经典书), any substantial knowledge of which was hitherto feared totally lost.

Another momentous find in the tomb was a painted figure resembling a human body that was used for medical purposes. This figure is the most complete and believed to be the oldest of its kind ever found in China. Other notable items found in the grave include coins, pottery and a jade seal.

Huaxi City Daily, another newspaper from Sichuan, today also report that a complete silk loom was uncovered in the tomb. Below are some of the images published by Huaxi City Daily showing artifacts recovered from the tomb.


Links and sources
Chengdu Evening News (成都晚报): 九部医书 或为扁鹊学派失传经典 一尊人像 国内最早经穴人体模型
Huaxi City Daily (华西都市报): 织机陪伴2000年 汉代女土豪坐拥“蜀锦工厂”