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Eung Tae's tomb: a Joseon ancestor and the letters of those that loved him

  • Eun-Joo Lee (a1), Dong Hoon Shin (a2), Hoo Yul Yang (a3), Mark Spigelman (a4) and Se Gweon Yim (a5)...

In medieval Korea certain burials were sealed in concrete resulting in the exceptional preservation of organic materials, including, in this case, written documents. As well as studying changes in rank and ideology, archaeologists who investigate tombs are often moved to wonder about the character of the deceased, the thoughts of the mourners and their hopes and fears on the passing of a person dear to them. In this extraordinary burial from Korea, we hear these voices directly.

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Corresponding author: Department of History, Andong National University, 388 Songcheon-Dong, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-Do 760-749, Korea (email:
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