International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology


Research Projects

The ICCHA aims to facilitate joint research projects between UK-based scholars at the Institute of Archaeology and Chinese scholars at Peking University and elsewhere. This pages provides a brief listing of current and recently finished research projects.
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The Early Rice Project

The archaeobotany laboratories of UCL and Peking University are pursuing linked research on the origins and early development of rice cultivation, as well as the spread of agriculture. 

Recording Guandi Temple

Digital Documentation of Endangered Temple Wall Paintings in Shanxi

To survey Buddhist and Daoist wall paintings found in the historic temples of China’s Shanxi Province, resulting in the publication of a digital catalogue of sites, buildings and paintings structured as an open access resource for research, education and conservation.


Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army

Joint research initiative between the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, investigating craft specialisation, interactions and social cohesion in emerging imperial systems.