Cultural Heritage Protection in China: Challenge and Opportunities

Xingcan Chen, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Institute of Archaeology,Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Refreshments at 5pm, Lecture begins at 5:30pm

China is a country with a history that encompasses thousands of years, as well as a landmass that contains abundant cultural remains. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the preservation of China's rich cultural heritage has made many achievements, especially in the period after the founding of the People's Republic. However, the equally rapidly progressing agriculture and industrial industries, as well as the ever-present urbanization of China have brought with them destruction to the cultural remains both above and below ground. Economic developments have created many opportunities for Chinese cultural preservation, but at the same time creating frustrating obstacles. The speaker wishes to approach the issue of culture preservation, and showcase the current progress and challenges from the point of view of a Chinese archaeologist.

Xingcan Chen is Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and also Professor at Department of Archaeology, Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. He has been working in the middle Yellow River Valley as an archaeologist for more than 20 years and published numerous articles, books and monographs.

Thursday, March 03, 2011 | 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Building 500, Archaeology Center

Archaeology Center