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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)


  • Thursday, 23/03/2017

Ceramics on the Maritime Silk Roads: China Wares Used in the Trade and Diplomacy of Early Ming Dynasty

Dr LI Baoping

All the seminars will take place in the seminar room 612 at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, commencing at 18:15, followed by a wine reception at the Staff Common Room. No booking is needed and All Welcome!

30 March 2017 International Conference

LOOMS OF LIFE – weaving and knowledge production in ancient China

Past events:

Wet, Dry, White or Sticky? Dispersal and Diversification of Rice in China

Prof Dorian Fuller (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

6pm Thursday 13 October 2016 @ Room 612

Special Guest Lecture: Buddhism Archaeology in China: a New Perspective on Yunkang Grottoes

Prof HANG Kan (School for Archaeology and Museology, Peking University)

6:10pm Thursday 3 November 2016 @ Room 612

Barnyard-millet Farming Zone in Northeast Asia -- Archaeobotanical Evidence from North-eastern China

Prof ZHAO Zhijun (Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

6:10pm Thursday 17 November 2016 @ Room 612

Questions Surrounding Early Millet Agriculture in China

Dr Chris Stevens (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

6pm Thursday 15 December 2016 @ Room 612

Excavation and Archaeological Research of the Baligang Site, Henan Province, China

Professor ZHANG Chi (Peking University) Friday, 10/02/2017

Capturing Changes: Using the Oxford System to further Understand the Movement of Metal in Shang China (16th Century BC – 1046 BC)

Ruiliang Liu (Oxford) Thursday, 02/03/2017

Past China Nights

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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)