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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)


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

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

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

  • by MINGHAO LIN (University of Cambridge)

    15 October 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

Preserving the Maritime Silk Road in Quanzhou


    17 December 2015

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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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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...

2014 Annual Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of China Announced

On April 9th 2015, China Cultural Relics Newspaper and Chinese Archaeological Society jointly announced the result of the 2014 Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of China, an annual activity commissioned by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and regarded as the Oscar Award in the Chinese archaeology community since 1990. More...

Dialogue of Civilisations

ICCHA held its fourth international conference "Dialogue of Civilizations: Comparing Multiple Centers" in Beijing between 5-9 April 2015, with sponsorship from the National Geographic Society.  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)