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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 theory.


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

亚洲考古学与文化遗产研究硕士学位 (Chinese version)


  • 16 May 2016

    Building the Terracotta Army: Ceramic Craft Technology and Organisation of Production at Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Complex, China

    Speaker: Patrick Quinn (IoA, UCL)

  • 17 March 2016

Pottery Use in East Asian Early Holocene: Reconstructed from Organic Residue Analysis

Speaker: Shinya Shoda (BioArCh, University of York)

  • 11 February 2016

Ming Dynasty Paper Money under the Microscope

Speakers: Caroline Cartwright (British Museum), Christina Duffy (British Library) and Helen Wang (British Museum)

  • 21 January 2016

Why Jomon People Did Not Select Agricultural Society? Different Pathways to the Agricultural Society in China and Japan

Speaker: Hiroo Nasu (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan) 

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ICCHA PKU Lecture Series: The Beginning and Development of Agriculture in the Old World: a Global Prospective

by Prof Dorian Fuller, UK executive director of ICCHA 

10-17 December 2015

School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, China  

Preserving the Maritime Silk Road in Quanzhou


    17 December 2015

Rock-cut Caves in the Upper Yangzi River: Identifying a Stone Working Tradition (2nd to 3rd century CE)

  • by LIA WEI (SOAS)

    19 November 2015

Recognition of Cattle Traction and its Role in Building the Early Civilisations in North China

  • by MINGHAO LIN (University of Cambridge)

    15 October 2015

Symposium: Early Rice Cultivation Systems and their Impact on Social Evolution and the Environment

15-17 September 2015. Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology 

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Past China Nights

For recent scoops in Chinese Archaeology that have caught our attention: visit this website.

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Story of China by Yijie

The Story of China

Yijie Zhuang has contributed to the new television series on The Story of China being broadcast by the BBC from 21 January. More...

world's oldest tea discovered in China

World's oldest tea discovered from Mausoleum of Chinese Han Emperor Jing

A new discovery has revealed the oldest tea in the world buried in the Mausoleum of Han Emperor Jing near Xi'an, in China, recent Scientific Reports 6 published this event. The research was made by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof Dorian Fuller, the executive director of ICCHA, and Dr YANG Xiaoyan, the former Leverhulme visiting scholar, were involved in this research and publication. "The discovery shows how modern science can reveal important previously unknown details about ancient Chinese culture. The identification of the tea found in the emperor's tomb complex gives us a rare glimpse into very ancient traditions which shed light on the origins of one of the world's favourite beverages," commented Prof Fuller.  More...

Special Exhibitions: What's on in China?

If you happen to be in Hong Kong, Beijing or other Chinese cities over the summer, and would like to know more about the Chinese way of life and the dynastical legacies, you are recommended to visit the local museums. Each of them collects and displays a lot of precious historic relics unique in their provinces but useful in understanding how Chinese culture diversifies and influences people’s lifestyles and heritage. More...

Laosicheng, one of the Tusi Sites in Hunan (Photo Credit: Management Office of Laosicheng Tusi Domain)

China’s Tusi Sites Listed as World Heritage

On July 4th, the Tusi Sites in China are made a World Heritage Site at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany. More...

Contact us: iccha@ucl.ac.uk

Maoshan excavations 2010/11

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)