Paleographical materials have been abundantly made available thanks to the fast development in the archaeological endeavors during the past decades. These unearthed materials oftentimes are the true records of historical phenomenon and events, and once studied against other documents and data and properly interpreted, they can significantly assist us on understanding history of the past.
It has long been a tradition at the IHP to combine the study of paleography and that of early Chinese history. Several attempts have been made from 1972 to 1985, and the First Conference on Paleography and Early Chinese History in 2006 signifies our firm pursuit in this direction. This conference proceeding contains 23 papers in total, and the hosting committee hopes that new findings about ancient history may surface through this interdisciplinary effort.