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Archeology ( Ph.D. )

1. Training/Research Orientation

Periodical Archeology
Specialized Archeology
Cultural Heritage Studies and Museology

2. Program Duration and Credit

Three years generally, the maximum school years are not longer than 7 years (including the extension time).
20 credits of courses in total, at least 12 credits of academic courses.

3. Core Courses and Introduction

Historical Theories and Methods
Through the overall look of past and present historical researches, the course aims at helping students understand past and present, Chinese and foreign historical research theories and methods; it also helps them establish the historical senses and methodology; and help them to mast the concrete tools and manners to conduct historical researches.
The content of the course includes:

  • Is History objective? How does History develop and change? Are there any rules behind its development? What are these rules? What determines the development of History? How to define the historical roles of individuals, heroes, and the masses?
  • What are historical research methods? What are the characteristics, merits and weakness, and application of different methods? What are the relations between historical research methods and other social scientific and natural scientific research methods?
  • How does the historical knowledge develop? What are the different forms of the historical knowledge? What are its characteristics? How to test it? What is the relationship between the subject and the object of the historical knowledge?

Archeological Theories and Methods
This course helps students understand that archeology is a discipline based upon the complexity and variety of research objects that includes different layers of the world. Through the history of archeological findings and researches, the course explains the tradition of archeology and relevant modern theories and methods, in order to help students obtain and employ basic knowledge to conduct specialist works in the field of archeology, cultural relics, cultural heritage, museology, conversation and etc.
The main content includes:

  • the formation process of archeology as a discipline and its status, main research areas, aims and disciplinary values, as well as the newly developments in archeology, such as the new archeology, cognitive archeology, social archeology and public archeology;
  • a set of methods and processes of archeological discovery, excavation, resources, reports, mapping and drawing, which are very practical and strict, representing four fundamental methodology in the present field of archeology as archaeological stratigraphy,  archeological topology, archeological science, and archeological cultural studies.

Pre-Historical Archeology
Through the overall look of findings and researches in Chinese prehistoric archeology, the analysis of exist archeological materials, this course is designed to help students summarize the objective rules and experiences and to explore possible topics which they can expand, to lay solid foundation for their future researches. The main contents include methodology of pre-historical archeology, methodology of pre-historical environment, methodology of pre-historical anthropology, and methodology of pre-historical culture. In order to help students master these contents, the methodology of pre-historical culture section is divided into six parts: prehistoric cultural areas, prehistoric technology, prehistoric economy, prehistoric community, prehistoric graves and origins of civilization. Gather as much as possible basic knowledge and main threads to emphasize fundamental methods and systemic knowledge of archeology.

Historical Archeology
Through the overall look of findings and researches in Chinese historical archeology, the analysis of existing archeological materials, this course aims at helping students summarize the objective rules and experiences and to explore possible topics which they can expand, to lay solid foundation for their future researches.
The main contents include:

  • the characteristics and methods of historical archeology
  • the relationship between archeology and historical documentation in historical China
  • archeology of Xia, Shang, and Zhou
  • archeology of Qin and Han
  • archeology of Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties
  • archeology of Sui and Tang
  • archeology from Song to Ming
  • historical archeology and cultural relics preservation

Art Archeology
Through the deep understanding of past and present findings and researches in Chinese art archeology, this course is designed to help students analyze existing archeological materials and outcomes and explain the scientific rules of the creation and development of ancient culture and arts, to lay solid foundation for the restoration of ancient social culture.
The main content includes:

  • art archeology is a sub-discipline and cross-discipline of Chinese archeology
  • the research subjects of art archeology include sculpture, Buddhist sculpture, picture stones and bricks, painting, architecture, porcelain and ceramics, jade, bronze, stele, tombs, and other ancient applied arts
  • applying the archaeological methods in stratigraphy and topology to analyze research materials and combining ancient documents and ancient cultural relics, help students to explain the creation, development of art and its relationship with the development of material culture
  • merging the rich archeological outcomes and deep art historical researches, absorbing relevant latest theoretical development home and abroad, to further develop the discipline

4. Supervisors
Anping Pei, Huisheng Tang, Yuxing Zhou, Zhigao Wang.