International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology
The International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology, a joint
association between the School for Archaeology and Museology of Peking
University and the UCL Institute of Archaeology, is tasked with bringing
China's cultural past to western scholars. Through its China Nights
events and Guest Lecture Series, the Centre endeavours to promote all
aspects of Chinese history and prehistory and strengthen academic links
between China and Europe. In addition, the ICCHA regularly hosts
world-class conferences, bridge the gap in archaeological thought and
A wide range of research related to the archaeology and heritage of China is carried out at UCL. We are also starting a new MA program which places China in a wider comparative regional context, MA in the Archaeology and Heritage of Asia.
Schedule for academic year 2013-14 will be available soon. Please subscribe to ICCHA mailing list by email email@example.com to get latest information on upcoming events and news.
For recent scoops in Chinese Archaeology that have caught our attention:
Between 17-28 April 2013, researchers Zhang Shangxin and Shao Wenbin from the Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum visited IoA for the purpose of specialist training in archaeological ceramic analysis. Zhang and Shao attended Patrick Quinn's intensive short course on 'Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics: Methods and Application', as well as receiving additional training in the Woflson Laboratories on geochemical and SEM analysis. Their training forms part of a joint research initiative between the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, entitled 'Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army' that is funded by the British Academy, Rio Tinto and the Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgucal Studies. In the next step of the project, Patrick will travel to the Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum near Xi'an, China to set up a laboratory for ceramic analysis. Once in operation the lab will enable IoA and Museum researchers to undertake ceramic compositional analysis of a variety of artefacts from the Mausoleum complex, including fragments of the Terracotta Warriors themselves. Important questions center on the ceramic technology of these impressive and numerous artefacts and the organisation of their production between 246-209 BC. Further information of this project can be found at Imperial Logistics Website. More...
The first set of articles in Oxford Bibliographies: Chinese Studies is now online. Several UK China Studies people have been involved as authors or editors. The first batch of 54 articles covers a range of topics, a somewhat larger number are in process and over 300 are being planned. For more details and the access to the bibliographies, please click here. More...
The 9th meeting of Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) will be held in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, from 14th to the 20th of April 2013, hosted by Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage. More...
University rankings are usually a topic of interest at University College London, since we often do reasonably well in such exercises. We were consequently interested to read the latest Chinese University rankings, published in January 2013. The Ministry of Education, Chinese Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC) has undertaken a National Academic Discipline Evaluation of universities offering postgraduate degrees in the list of national first level disciplines in 2012. More...
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Maoshan site, 3rd Millennium BC rice paddyfield landscape near Hangzhou, under excavation by the Zhejiang Province Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics 2010. Archaeobotanical research is part of an ICCHA research project including staff and students from London and Beijing (part of the Early Rice Project)