Many of the culturally important and historically influential Chinese conceptual schemes can only be studied meaningfully if systematic attention is paid to the fast-growing archeological evidence concerning ancient Chinese material culture.

TLS aims to illustrate everything that may be illustrated with ILLUSTRATIONS based - in the first instance - on archaeological material from pre-Buddhist times. 197 synonym groups are systematically linked to archaeological illustrations.

TLS aims to link all discussion of material objects to standard archaeological LITERATURE listed in the bibliography.

TLS aims to illustrate also such social activities as "feasting", "acrobatics", and even "sitting", wherever the relevant Chinese words can be associated with confidence to archaeological representations.

TLS will concentrate entirely on those aspects of archaeological finds for which the contemporary ancient terminology is reasonably well-established and included in TLS.