Associate Professor
Zhongming Tang






Tang Zhongming(唐仲明), Male, Born in April 1974, Associate Professor.

Research Interest:

Buddhist Archaeology, Archaeology from Han to Tang dynasty, Digital Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Protection.

Education and Employment History:

Sept. 1997-July 2000, Master of Archaeology, Shandong University

Sept. 2000-July 2004, Ph. D of Archaeology, Beijing University

July 2004-May 2008, editor of Tomorrow Publishing House.

May 2008-Nov. 2011, staff of the Cultural Office of Shandong Province.

Since Nov. 2011, lecturer of the School of History and Culture, Shandong University.

July 2014-July 2015, visiting scholar in Art and Architecture History Department, Harvard University.

Principal Publications


One Hundred Questions about Archaeology (美术考古一百问). Chengdu: Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House, 2004. Coauthored work.


Articles in Journals and Collected Volumes:

“A Virtual 3-D Restoration of ‘Xiangtang’ Buddha Statues Collected in The Foreign Museums —— A Case Study of Cave 2 at The Southern Xiangtang Grottoes”, Palace Museum Journal, 2018, no. 4.

“The Study about the Stupa in the Northern Dynasty in the Central Plains”, Archaeology, 2016, no. 11.

“On the Emergence of the Style of the Xiangtangshan Grottoes and the Features of the Caves”, Dunhuang Research, 2015, no. 5.

“Northern and Eastern Wei Xiangtangshan and Qingzhou Sculptures: A Comparative Study,” Huaxia Archaeology, 2013, no. 4.

“Buddhist Cultural Remains of the Han through Song Periods in Southern Shandong,” Lilun xuekan, 2013, no. 7.

“Studies in the Protection and Development of Large-scale Ruins,” Shandong Social Science, 2013, no. 7.

“A Preliminary Investigation of the Chronology of and Influences on the Kizil Central-pillar Caves.” In Eastern Archaeology (东方考古) vol. 9. Beijing: Kexue Publishing House, 2012.

“Revisiting the Origins of a Buddhist Triad in the Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum.” In Eastern Archaeology (东方考古) vol. 8. Beijing: Kexue Publishing House, 2011.

“A Preliminary Investigation of the Appearance, Origins, and Function of Buddhist Stupas Seen in Qingzhou Sculpture,” Zhongyuan wenwu 2007, no. 4.

“On the Authenticity of a Group of Buddhist Figures,” Zhongguo wenwu bao 8th ed., May 9, 2007.

“Revisiting Several Questions on the Xiangtangshan Caves.” In Collected Essays from the 2004 International Symposium at the Longmen Caves. Luoyang: Henan People Publishing House,2006.

“Cool Thoughts on the Heated Trend for Books on Collecting and Connoisseurship,” Chuban ren 2006 no. 8.

“From Canopy-type Embellishments to Canopy-type Niches - An Overlooked Question in Northern Dynasties Cave Temples,” Dunhuang Research 2004, no. 1.

“The Cliff-Face Carvings and Cave Temples of the Sui Dynasty at Yuhanshan in Ji’nan,” Zhongyuan wenwu 2003, no. 1.

“An Experimental Study of the Composition and Distinctive Iconography of Northern Dynasties Tomb Murals,” Shandong daxue xue bao (zhexue shehui kexue ban) 2000, no. 1.


Guns - A Visual History (枪 - 视觉历史). Ji’nan: Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House, 2012. Sole translator.

Klimt. Ji’nan: Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House, 2007. Sole translator.

Treasures of World Civilization - 250 Years of Collecting at the British Museum (世界文明珍宝- 大英博物馆之250年藏品). Beijing: Wenwu Publishing House, 2006. Head of translation team.

“The ‘Gao Huan Funerary Cave’ - A Study of the Iconographic and Architectural Features of the North Cave at North Xiangtangshan.” In Eastern Archaeology (东方考古) vol. 5. Beijing: Kexue Publishing House, 2008.

“Esoteric Buddhism and the Art of the Dazu Caves.” In Collected Essays from the 2005 International Symposium at the Dazu Caves in Chongqing. Beijing: Wenwu Publishing House, chubanshe,2007.

“Esoteric Buddhism and Female Deities in the Art of the Song Dynasty Caves at Dazu.” In Collected Essays from the 2005 International Symposium at the Dazu Caves in Chongqing. Beijing: Wenwu Publishing House, 2007.


Review of Index to Stele Carvings and Inscriptions from the Xiangtangshan Caves. In Zhongguo wenwu bao 8th ed., August 29, 2007.

Review of Xiangtangshan Caves - Studies of the Carvings in Overseas Collections. In Zhongguo wenwu bao 8th ed., October 26, 2005.

Review of The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology. In Meishu zhi you 2005, no. 3.

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