Judith Lerner, "Les Sogdiens en Chine–Nouvelles découvertes
historiques, archéologiques et linguistiques"and Two
Recently Discovered Sogdian Tombs in Xi’an
West wall of tomb of Shi Jun, Xi’an.
This communication is in two parts: a summary of the papers presented
the international colloquium “Les Sogdiens en Chine—Nouvelles
historiques, archéologiques et linguistiques” that was held at
National Library, Beijing, on April 23–25, 2004, and was accompanied by
exhibition, From Samarkand to Chang’an: Cultural Traces of the
Sogdians in China,
which traced the history of scholarly writings on the subject; the
part, a discussion of two recently discovered tombs of Sogdians living
China during the Northern Zhou period and buried in Xi'an: that of Shi
(d. 579), with its remarkable decorated sarcophagus, and that of Kang
(d. 571), whose tomb, with his complete skeleton lying on a stone couch
in the process of excavation at the time of the colloquium.