Yijie Zhuang
  • y.zhuang@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 1539
  • Internal: 21539
  • Room 106
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Yijie Zhuang

Research Interests

Geoarchaeology; Ecology of early agriculture; Long-term land use and landscape changes; Irrigation and Water management; diverse trajectories to social complexity; East, South and Southeast Asia.

Research Projects

  • 2015-present Environmental and ecological changes at the Liangzhu site, Zhejaing, China
  • 2016 CREDOC (UCL), “Marginal or parallel? A pilot study of water use strategies and dynamic discourses of early civilisations in China and India”, PI
  • 2015 Dumbarton Oaks, “Beyond rice agriculture: the garden agriculture of Angkor Wat”, Co-I (PI Dr Alison Carter from University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 2013-present Evolution of rice paddy fields in China: Geoarchaeological investigation at the Tianluoshan, Maoshan and Hanjing sites


  • Prof Chi Zhang: Deputy Director, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Prof Honghai Chen: Director, School of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
  • Mr Bin Liu: Director, Museum of Changqing District, Jinan, Shandong Province, China
  • Prof Pin Ding: Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relict and Archaeology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Prof Dengyun Qiao: Director, Institute of Cultural Relict Preservation and Management, Handan, Hebei Province, China
  • Prof Charles French: Director, McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Richard Bailey: Director, Luminescence Dating Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK
  • Prof T.R Kidder: Chair, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St Louis
  • Prof Duowen Mo: College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

Educational Background

  • 2012-13: Junior Research Fellow in Chinese Archaeology, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2008 – 2012: PhD Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2005 – 2008: MA Archaeology and Museology, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • 2001 – 2005: BA Archaeology and Museology, Department of Archaeology, School of Culture and Museology, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China

Current Students

  • Rita Dal Martello Contact, influence and dispersal. An analysis of agriculture and cooking practices in Neolithic Yunnan and the diaspora of Upper Yangtze populations  (principal supervisor Dorian Fuller
  • Shaochen Wang The protection, designation and management of cultural routes: the Tea & Horse Road in China (joint principal supervisor with Tim Williams)
  • Shaohan Wang Silk Roads: Protection and Management Strategies for Linear Cultural Heritage (joint principal supervisor with Tim Williams)

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