MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia

MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia

Co-ordinator: Yijie Zhuang
Other Major Contributors: Dorian Fuller, Julia Shaw and Tim Williams

This program offers a unique comparative perspective on Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia). It draws on cutting edge archaeological research and addresses the latest issues in cultural heritage management across the diverse traditions of this region. UCL’s wide range of archaeological expertise provides a unique opportunity to study Asia in a truly comparative context and for students to develop a programme and research dissertation tailored to individual interests, in relation to cultural heritage or archaeological theory, or to learn skills in an archaeological science.

Students are provided with a broad comparative overview of the archaeological understanding of different parts of Asia, especially China, South Asia (particularly India), central Asia, and southeast Asia, as well as traditions and issues in the management of cultural heritage across this region. Themes will include climate change, the late Palaeolithic and the arrival of modern humans, the “Neolithic revolution” and models linking historical linguistics and archaeology, the origins of urbanism and complex societies, climate change and adaptation, trans-Asian trade (the ‘Silk Road’), and the relevance of early written traditions on archaeological interpretations. How these various archaeologically reconstructed pasts are used, managed and promoted in modern political and economic contexts will be addressed in cultural heritage components of the course, while cultural heritage priorities can be considered in relation to the varied emphases in primary archaeological research across the region. While all students will get a broad geographical and comparative background on the archaeology and cultural heritage of these regions, the option courses allow focus in further depth on a particular region, such as China or India, a topic, such as cultural heritage or archaeological theory, or the development of practical skills.

This text is also available in Chinese.

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