Institute of Archaeology

Dr Yijie Zhuang

Dr Yijie Zhuang

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2013

Research summary

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

Teaching summary


  • BA, MA, PhD
  • Associate Professor in Chinese Archaeology
  • Departmental Tutor to International Students
  • Departmental Undergraduate Tutor Year 3

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