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Peking archaeology conference

12 April 2006

The International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) - a joint research centre established by UCL and Peking University - will hold an international archaeology conference in China this month.

Organised by Professor Peter Ucko (UCL Institute of Archaeology), 'From concepts of the past to practical strategies: the teaching of archaeological field techniques' will take place at Peking University from 17 to 20 April 2006.

The primary focus of the conference will be an examination of the relationship of archaeological theory to practice, as articulated through excavation and other field techniques. "It will discuss the training for archaeological fieldwork as offered through higher education institutions in many different areas of the world. Within this global context, it will compare the different archaeological curricula offered by a range of universities and other training institutions, not least in terms of the part played by 'scientific archaeology' in such training", explains Professor Ucko.

The conference will also investigate the different training strategies needed for work on prehistoric and urban sites; the needs of archiving archaeological investigations and how these should be taught; and how the public is involved in excavations in different areas of the world. The four-day event has attracted speakers from throughout the world with experts in the field travelling from throughout Europe, the Americas, southern Africa and parts of Asia.

The ICCHA was set up in 2003 to develop specialist knowledge about China's past and has since gone on to work with universities, museums, government organisations, and private individuals to help protect China's cultural heritage.

To find out more about the conference, the ICCHA or UCL's links with China, Hong Kong and Macau, use the links at the bottom of this article.