Study of Joseon Dynasty Palace’s Culture and Society Based on Archaeological Materials


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History Study and Research Fellowships (East and Southeast Asia)


Division of Archaeological Studies


the USA


It has been widely regarded that the Joseon Dynasty palace mirrored the culture and society of its time. This project studies the historical, social, economic, and political influence on palace formation, revealing the social and cultural status at the time where royal authority ruled. It is well beyond current Korean research methods, which focus only on archaeological material data. Furthermore, this project compares Middle Age (fourteenth-nineteenth century) palaces of Korea, China, and Japan. The comparison relies on confirmation of different archaeological materials of palaces to determine which historical, political, and economic factors influenced them. It yields insight into the characteristics of these three countries and how they interacted with each other, suggesting a new way of interpreting the characteristics of East Asian palaces and royal society and contributing to the field of East Asian archaeology and history with new research method based on material data related to palaces.