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International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology

The International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology, a joint association between the School for Archaeology and Museology of Peking University and the UCL Institute of Archaeology, is tasked with bringing China's cultural past to western scholars. Through its China Nights events and Guest Lecture Series, the Centre endeavours to promote all aspects of Chinese history and prehistory and strengthen academic links between China and Europe. In addition, the ICCHA regularly hosts world-class conferences, bridge the gap in archaeological thought and theory.


A wide range of research related to the archaeology and heritage of China is carried out at UCL. We are also starting a new MA program which places China in a wider comparative regional context, MA in the Archaeology and Heritage of Asia

亚洲考古学与文化遗产研究硕士学位 (Chinese version)


China Night 2014-2015
  • · October 22 Wednesday 2014

ICCHA Public Lecture marking 10 Year Anniversary (poster)

Prof. Dame Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford)

Gold and Iron: China’s relations with the Steppe in the First Millennium BC

  • · November 20 Thursday 2014

Dr MA Saiping (Fudan University)

Bronze Lamps and fuel in the Han Period: A Case Study of Artefacts Unearthed from Mausoleum DaYun Hill, Jiangsu Province, China

  • · December 11 Thursday 2014

Dr Edward Denison (UCL Bartlett)

Architecture and Modernity in China up to 1949

  • · January 22 Thursday 2015

Dr YANG Xiaoyan (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Leverhulme Trust visiting professor)

How the study of ancient starches is changing our understanding of Neolithic subsistence patterns in China

  • · March 19 Thursday 2015

Mr SHAO Anding (Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology, visiting scholar of Needham Research Institute, Cambridge)

The making of the Colour Painted Bronze Waterfowl discovered from the Mausoleum of First Qin Emperor

International conference "Dialogue of Civilizations: Comparing Multiple Centers", Beijing, 5-9 April, 2015

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Past China Nights

For recent scoops in Chinese Archaeology that have caught our attention: visit this website.


Origin of Rice: A Conversation with Archaeobotanist Prof Dorian Fuller

The 7th International Rice Genetics Symposium (RG7) was held between 5 and 8 November 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the event is one of the world’s largest and most important rice research symposium. It provides an excellent learning and networking platform for rice researchers, experts and representatives from the public and private sectors to come together to share their expertise on issues of rice production. Professor Dorian Fuller has presented his current archaeological research on "the origins and spread of rice in Asia" to a packed auditorium the first morning of the conference. He also had the opportunity to take part in an IRRI radio podcast on the "Origin of Rice". To listen this wonderful conversation, please go here More...

early China

New Publications on China 

Early China: A social and Cultural History (Cambridge) More...

First farming from China to Southeast Asia

Prof Dorian Fuller's world-leading research on the development of agriculture is being presented as a series of public events in China. Following his talk in Guangdong Province in 4 July, Dorian continued his journey to Yunnan Province. On 8 July, Dorian gave a lecture at Yunnan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology entitled "At the crossroads of Asian agriculture: Yunnan and the comparative study of pathways to agriculture in China and tropical Asian".  More...


Prof Fuller to give public lecture in Guangdong Museum

Prof Dorian Fuller, Executive Director (UK) of the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology, is invited to give a public lecture at Guangdong Provincial Museum, China on July 4 2013. The lecture is entitled "First Farming from China to Southeast Asia: Guangdong's place in the Origins of Agriculture", as a part of result of Prof Fuller's outstanding Early Rice Project. Hopefully, a series of archaeobotanical collaborations on the Early Rice will be launched between China and UCL in the name of the ICCHA.  More...

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Maoshan excavations 2010/11

Maoshan site, 3rd Millennium BC rice paddyfield landscape near Hangzhou, under excavation by the Zhejiang Province Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics 2010. Archaeobotanical research is part of an ICCHA research project including staff and students from London and Beijing (part of the Early Rice Project)