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.
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
Speaker: Hiroo Nasu (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan)
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
- by PROFESSOR MICHAEL ROWLANDS (UCL)
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
15-17 September 2015. Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology
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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...
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...
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...
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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)