International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology


International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology

As a joint association between the School for Archaeology and Museology of Peking University and UCL Institute of Archaeology, the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) is dedicated to promoting China's cultural past and facilitating communication between Western and Eastern scholars. Well-positioned to provide support for projects focused on enhancing knowledge of China's archaeology and heritage, the ICCHA is committed to breaking down cultural and linguistic barriers by providing meaningful academic exchanges.

International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA)
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China Night Seminar Series

31/05/2024 Dr Xinyi Liu (Washington University in St Louis) Understanding Ancient China 

20/05/2024 Prof Feng Li (Peking University) Northern Dispersal of Early Modern Humans into East Asia: progress and prospect 

20/03/2024 Prof Harriet Evans (University of Westminster) & Prof Michael Rowlands (UCL) Grassroots Values - Localising Cultural Heritage in China

29/02/2024 Dr Siran Liu (USTB) The Exploration of Hypogene Copper Ore and the Rise of Shang Bronze Industry 

08/02/2024 Dr Marvin Demicoli (Museum of London Archaeology) The Ecological Impact of Longshan Urbanisation: Perspectives from Anthracology

17/01/2024 [Public Lecture] Professor MEI Jianjun (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge  & McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge) Sanxingdui Bronzes and Metallurgical Network in the Shang Dynasty 

14/12/2023 Dr David Francis (University of Leicester) and Bamo Anyu (University of Bristol) Documenting the making of the last Nuosu yellow oil-cloth umbrellas in Liangshan, Southwest China 

23/11/2023 Dr Stefan Altekamp (Humboldt-Univesität zu Berlin, Germany) Roma and Chang'an: World Capitals

26/10/2023 [Public Lecture] Prof Dame Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford) China's Great Tombs: a New Route to the Past and to Recognising China Today 

05/10/2023 Prof Changping Zhang (Wuhan University & University of Cambridge) How do the objects from the Sanxingdui Site reveal a sacrificial scene? 

21/08/2023 Conference "Cross-regional and Cross-cultural Comparision on Water, Power and Historicity" 

07/06/2023 Dr Jacopo Scarin (University of Venice) The Longmen Lineages and the Construction of Meaning in Local Society in Late Imperial China 

23/03/2023 Dr Qian Ma (University of Oxford) The Origin of Chinese Glasses and the Glass Trade Along the Silk Road from the Warring States to the Han Dynasty 

08/12/2022 Dr Ruiliang Liu (British Museum) Squeeze Mind Out of Metal: A chemical and isotopic perspective towards the social organisation of Chinese Bronze Shang Dynasty

10/11/2022 Dr Rita Dal Martello (Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology, Jena, Germany) Secondary Crop Domestication and Use: A case study from Haimenkou, Yunnan, China

 27/10/2022 Dr Qin Cao (Durham University) "Auspicious Gold" and "Precious Stones": Rethinking weapons in late Shang China (c.1250-1050BCE)

12/05/2022 Dr Yucheng Wang (University of  Copenhagen & University of Cambridge) Ancient Environmental Genomics: Retrieving the Whole Past from Paleosoil

23/02/2022 Dr Yaxiong Liu (Henan University, China) Archaeology of Iron Production in Early China: Progress and Challenges 

28/01/2022 Dr Xiujia Huan (Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) From the Modern to the Archaeological: Phytolith and Rice Agriculture Origin Study in China

15/12/2021 Prof Dorian Fuller (UCL Institute of Archaeology) A Neolithic domus in Northern China: Domestication of millets, pigs and farming dogs

27/10/2021 Prof Zhang Dongju (Lanzhou University) Xiahe Denisovans on the Tibetan Plateau

Silk Roads Seminar Series at the UCL Institute of Archaeology

A joint series organised by the International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage, the Central Asian Archaeological Landscape project (CAAL), and the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), UCL Institute of Archaeology.  The series will explore three inter-related themes: archaeology in Central Asia (broadly related to the Silk Roads), the Maritime Silk Routes, and the geopolitics of the Silk Roads today.

11/01/2021 Prof Tim Winter (University of Western Australia, Perth) Geocultural Power: The Revival of the Silk Roads in the 21st Century

18/01/2021 Dr Dmitry Voyakin (Director of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, Samarkand) Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Kazakhstan, including an investigation of Aral Sea Region

25/01/2021 Prof Simon Kaner (Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and Director, Centre for Japanese Studies and University of East Anglia) Nara to Norwich: Art and Belief at the Ends of the Silk Roads

01/02/2021 Dr Helen Persson Swain (freelance) Curating the V&A Stein Collection

08/02/2021 Dr Marco Nebbia (UCL), with Dr Gai Jorayev (UCL) The Central Asian Archaeological Landscape Project: Remote Sensing and Landscape Change

22/02/2021 Dr Veronica Walker-Vadillo (University of Helsinki) Ports and Harbours of Southeast Asia: Human-environment Entanglements in Early Modern Maritime Trade Networks

26/02/2021 Prof Himanshu Prabha Ray (Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University & Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies) Maritime Networks in the Indian Ocean 

01/03/2021 Dr Bérénice Bellina-Pryce (Maison Archéologie Ethnologie, CNRS & University of Paris-Nanterre) Recent Work on Riverine Ports in Myanmar

08/03/2021 Dr Robert Spengler (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Seed-Dispersal Mechanisms in Plant Domestication

15/03/2021 Dr June Wang (Associate Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong) The Silk Roads and Geopolitics in Heritage

22/03/2021 Dr Anke Hein (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford) Human Response to High Altitude Environmental Change on the Eastern Rim of the Tibetan Plateau

05/03/2021 Prof Sarah Ward (Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology at Dalian Maritime University's Centre for Maritime History and Culture Research) Asian Underwater Cultural Heritage

12/03/2021 Prof MA Jian (Northwest University China) Archaeology in the Eastern Tianshan Mountains