Monday, May 28, 2012

A New Study of a Very Old Chinese Legal Text

From the Santa Barbara Independent we have a press release from the University of California Santa Barbara on a UCSB professor's work in an ancient Chinese legal source.  It commences:
In an ancient tomb in China's Hubei Province, archeologists discovered a basket of medical, mathematical, and legal texts that date back to the late third and early second centuries B.C. A historian at UC Santa Barbara is working to translate and interpret the legal texts, of which there are two, and describes them as "a gold mine of social and legal history."

“The finds are unprecedented,” said Anthony Barbieri-Low, an associate professor of history at UCSB. “They are as important as the Dead Sea Scrolls.”