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Special Exhibitions: What's on in China?

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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.

Unit in the News: Meg Russell comments on the new House of Lords appointments 

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Professor Meg Russell has appeared in the press after the announcement of 45 new members of the House of Lords. Professor Meg Russell has criticised the new appointments and has warned that unregulated prime ministerial appointments to the Lords are both costly and damaging to parliament - and urgently need to stop. Below is a list of newspaper articles and TV appearances from over the last week. 

View from the trenches: Hampshire, UK (2015)

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The second year of excavations of the Chilton Candover Archaeology Project (2015)

The second year of excavations of the Chilton Candover Archaeology Project, which is exploring the multi-period landscape in the Candover Valley near Basingstoke, took place recently.

Press Release: New appointments to the Lords have 'no justification' and urgent change is needed says expert

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Today's announcement of 45 new members of the House of Lords has been criticised by the leading academic expert on the chamber. Professor Meg Russell, Deputy Director of the well-respected Constitution Unit at University College London, who is author of two books and numerous reports on the House of Lords, has warned that unregulated prime ministerial appointments to the Lords are both costly and damaging to parliament - and urgently need to stop.

An adventure in Hertfordshire archaeology

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Magnetometry survey with GPR data

Kris Lockyear's research on the late Iron Age and Roman past of Hertfordshire is producing exciting results.

New Publication: The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee: Second Edition

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Today the Constitution Unit, with the support of the Constitution Society, is publishing the second edition of The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee. The report, by Jack Simson Caird, Robert Hazell and Dawn Oliver, contains a code of 140 constitutional standards, covering five areas: the rule of law, delegated powers, the separation of powers, individual rights and parliamentary procedure. The second edition extracts and codifies standards from all 168 reports of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee published from its inception in 2001 to the end of the 2010-2015 Parliament.

View from the trenches: Asturias, Spain (2015)

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The UCL team excavating on the project  'Community Archaeology of the Commons in Asturias, Spain' (July 2015)

A UCL team joined the first season of excavation of the project 'Community Archaeology of the Commons in Asturias, Spain' during July 2015.

UCL - Institut Français Partnership: call for workshop proposals

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Proposals are invited for funding for workshops between UCL and French academics, specifically focusing on research in the humanities, broadly conceived. The UCL – Institut Français du Royaume-Uni partnership in the humanities aims to encourage junior and senior scholars to establish new directions for possible research collaborations – not only in their own areas of expertise, but also across disciplines.

Job vacancy at UCL-Institute of the Americas: Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History

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The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available for one term only (2015-16 term 2).

Institute student awarded Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Scholarship

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Physical and invisible disabilities portrayed by Enabled participants (Image courtesy of Theresa O'Mahony)

Theresa O'Mahony (BA Archaeology, 2015) has been awarded the Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Scholarship to support her graduate study at the Institute of Archaeology.

View from the trenches: Israel (2015)

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The fifth season of the UCL-Tel Aviv University collaboration at Tel Bet Yerah, Israel, Summer 2015 (Image courtesy of Prof Raphael Greenberg)

The fifth season of the UCL - Tel Aviv University collaboration at Tel Bet Yerah, Israel, took place in June and July 2015.

Ice Age Island Project covered by BBC documentaries

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La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey

Two documentaries being broadcast on the BBC this week highlight work undertaken on the Ice Age archaeology of Jersey by a team which includes UCL Institute of Archaeology researchers and students.

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