Li Xueqin obituary

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Chinese historian and archaeologist who focused on oracle bone fragments and their inscriptions

Li Xueqin, who has died aged 86, was recognised, at home and abroad, as China’s pre-eminent historian.

The basis of his reputation was an extraordinary corpus of short essays on specific topics that ranged over almost all aspects of early Chinese culture – history, paleography, archaeology, textual history, excavated manuscripts, numismatics, and more, published in various journals and later collected together in more than 20 volumes.

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