Historical Geography Research ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (1): 50-57.

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Some Modifications and Additions of Prefectures and Counties Recorded on Liye Bamboo and Wood Slips of Qin Dynasty

Yan Changgui   

  1. School of History, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
  • Received:2019-05-20 Online:2019-08-20 Published:2019-08-20


In the second volume of Liye Qinjian (Liye bamboo and wood slips), new records of prefectures and counties in Qin Dynasty were discovered. We summarizes 4 prefectures and 34 counties based on this book, in which Chengfu county was in Huaiyang prefecture and Xincheng county was in Dongting prefecture. Texts on slips reveal the process of how documents were sent from Xianyang, the capital of Qin Dynasty, to Nanyang, Nan and Dongting prefectures in order, and their transmitting routes and methods within counties under Neishi (the vicinity of capital) and prefectures, and within townships under counties. From Liye slips, we can complete the list of all counties administrated by Dongting prefecture. Moreover, we can infer that the prefectural seat of Dongting prefecture was originally in Xinwuling county, and was then moved to Linyuan county during the 29th or 30th year of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s reign.

Key words: Liye bamboo and wood slips, Qin Dynasty, prefectures and counties

CLC Number: 

  • K928