Centre for Applied Archaeology
UCL Institute of Archaeology


Scoping survey

In order to assess the scale of the problem a team from the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology and International Centre for Chinese Cultural Heritage and Archaeology joined forces in a study tour of the province during August 2017.

We were introduced to the archaeology by staff and students of Zhejiang University who are recording the historic buildings in the region, and our visit was made possible by the kind hospitality of the Shanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage (SBCH). We also had the opportunity to visit Xi’an to as part of our ongoing collaboration with the Northwest University China (NWU).

The study tour helped us to understand some of the remoter sites better and allowed us to have discussions with colleagues in China about the opportunities and challenges. The agreements were reached over the roles of the partners in this long-term collaboration and the findings helped to design better project proposal.

Mr GUO Yintang of Xinzhou Prefecture-level City Cultural Heritage Bureau and Professor Dominic Perring of the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the conclusion of an introductory meeting.

The image of the wall painting from Daiyue temple. It depicts part of the Chinese folklore in a very characteristic narrative-based regional style.

The project team, in an image captured by the UAV

The project team, in an image captured by the UAV

From left to right: Huang Shuo, Luo Jiangwei (both of Zhejiang University), Zhang Chunlei (of Shanxi Provincial Bureau), the temple monk, and Mr Liu Xiaopang (also of Shanxi Provincial Bureau), Dominic Perring, Liu Jia and Rui Pang, Jin Keyu (also of Zhejiang University).