UWTSD Archaeology and Heritage students attend Beijing Summer School


Archaeology and Heritage students, based at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus, have attended a two week Summer School in Beijing.   

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This month’s Archaeology and Heritage Summer School was arranged in conjunction with UWTSD’s partner institution, Beijing Union University (BUU).  BUU is one of the largest universities in Beijing and over a number of years, UWTSD’s Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts and the Faculty of Applied Humanities at BUU have been working in partnership on a number of projects.  This important collaboration includes the Annual Summer School which for the first time this year saw students from UWTSD’s Lampeter campus participating in an archaeological excavation in China.   The students attended a number of archaeology and heritage workshops provided by BUU which gave them an insight into conservation, restoration, and archaeology practices from a Chinese perspective. This included demonstrations of ceramic and painting restoration by experts in their field.

During the trip, the students also had an opportunity to visit a number of China’s most iconic landmarks and heritage sites. In Beijing, these included the Imperial Palace, Tiananmen Square, The Summer Palace, The Ming Tombs and The Great Wall of China. In Xi’an, the group visited the City walls, Terracotta Army and also had an opportunity to attend a performance of Tang Dynasty dance and music.

Associate Professor Thomas Jansen, Director at UWTSD’s Confucius Institute said:

"This was the first trip to China by students from the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts after the Faculty already hosted a very successful Archaeology Summer School for students from Beijing Union University (BUU) in 2017. The purpose of the China-trip was to offer our students a unique experience in a country that is steeped in history and tradition but has also experienced one of the most dramatic transformations in recent human history. This is what makes archaeology and heritage such exciting subjects in China with huge public impact. We had the privilege to attend workshops by experts from top institutions such as the Palace Museum, the Beijing Metropolitan Museum, the Summer Palace Museum or the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum in Xi’an.

While we hope to inspire our students to widen their horizons and learn more about China, we also seek to promote our own excellent academic programmes in archaeology and heritage to potential Chinese students.”

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Victoria Schollar is in her third year at UWTSD where she is studying Archaeology with Forensic Studies. She added:

“I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in the UWTSD & BUU Archaeology exchange in 2018. Before this trip I had never considered being able to go to China despite the fact that I really wanted to see the Terra Cotta Army, Great Wall of China and Summer Palace. This trip made all that possible. The University was accommodating and the people were all really friendly; two girls and a professor from BUU joined us on several trips and were very nice to talk to, and very enthusiastic about our activities.

I really enjoyed going to China. Both Xi’an and Beijing were interesting places to explore, and Xi’an in particular was beautiful, especially at night when some of us rode bikes along the city wall. Visits to archaeological sites were interesting and very educational and showed us how differently archaeology is practised in China. We also had lessons from BUU in how to restore pottery and old paintings, which was a unique experience and improved our skill set.

I approached China with an open mind, and was not disappointed. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has the opportunity to go.”

UWTSD Lampeter has a very strong Archaeology department with academics at the cutting edge of archaeological research. For further about the University’s Archaeology provision please visit: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-archaeology/ 

Further Information

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