Jiao Nanfeng graduated from Northwest University, China, in 1982, and has since been working at the Shaanxi Archaeology Institute, serving as President of the Institute from 2001 to 2009, and as an elected executive member of the council of the Chinese Archaeology Association. He has over 30 years’ experience in archaeological excavation and research of the Qin and Han dynasties. His major excavations include the exploration, drilling and excavation of the Yongcheng site, the capital city of the Qin Kingdom, No.1, Qin Gong (King) tomb (1982 – 1986). He headed the excavation of the Yangling site (Han dynasty), Minister Lihui’s tomb (Tang dynasty), the Qinian Palace area (Qin and Han dynasties), the South Gate Tower of Yangling, the east burial pits and the burial cemetery at Western Han Mausoleum, and the third phase rediscovery in the Qin Gong cemetery (1994 – 2001). From 2000 to 2014, he headed the investigation, drilling, and excavation of the Han Dynasty Emperor Jing’s Mausoleum area and another 11 Western Han tombs. While excavating, he and the team worked for the preparation of an archaeology exhibition gallery of the Hanyang Mausoleum, supervising the construction work and display of artifacts for the Hanyang Mausoleum Museum. Jiao Nanfeng served as director of the museum from 1999 to 2002.
He also participated in the archaeological excavation of YAYOIPERIOD, an ikebukuro paleolithic site, in Tokyo, and the Nara Fujiwarakyo and Heijokyo sites during his stay at the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in the years 1992 to 1993.
He has published over 100 papers, books, and archaeological reports focusing on Qin and Han research and the mausoleum system.