The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture is a unique UK-based organisation that fosters exchange, research and training relating to the heritage and culture of Asia. Based within the University of Oxford, and specifically the School of Archaeology, the Centre brings together a wealth of expertise relating to Asia and its cultural past, offering a unique programme of research and teaching. The Centre trains students from all parts of the world including the Asian region, and supports major research programmes, visiting scholars, and publication programmes in Asian archaeology, art and culture. It holds regular public, academic and international events, including talks, seminars, workshops and symposia. The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture also engages in a variety of public outreach activities, including school visits, public lectures, and campaigning for the preservation of heritage sites.
The various regions of Asia are amongst the fastest developing in the world today. This has led to a rapid increase in both heritage destruction and conservation efforts, as well as a growing interest in the remarkably rich cultural past of one of the largest and most diverse areas of the world. Asian archaeology and heritage studies are expanding at an unprecedented rate, and there is a growing need for world-class expertise in this area. The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture has been developed to support research and training in various areas of Asian archaeology and heritage studies, and to offer opportunities for scholarly discussion, networking and collaboration.
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At the core of the centre are six members of University staff from the School of Archaeology who are actively involved in developing its profile and furthering its aims. However, in various ways, the Centre draws in colleagues from many other departments, as well as a much wider web of research associates and project partners stretching across the continent.
One of the primary aims of the Centre is to foster a constructive and supportive environment for students coming to Oxford to study aspects of Asian archaeology, art, and culture. Through involvement in the Centre and its activities our students develop a broad understanding of current trends in research in Asia. They also have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of visiting scholars, helping them to build network during their time in Oxford, to enrich their studies and build collaborations for future research. Students, past and present, also form their own networks, developing international and interdisciplinary contacts which can form the basis of future collaborations. Click here for a list of some of our current and former DPhil student profiles
The Centre and its members contribute to projects across Eurasia and details of our involvement in research across Asia can be found here. Links to some of the major projects run by core staff and associates in Oxford are provided below. These projects not only represent the Centre and its aims, but also to make an active contribution to its vitality and further development:
The Centre's involvement in academic research is matched by its efforts to build future collaboration, to establish productive partnerships with institutions in Asia, and to build wider networks of knowlege exchange. Some of our current and previous activities are displayed on the maps below. More detailed reports on some of our collaborative programmes is available here
The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art, and Culture
Institute of Archaeology
34-36 Beaumont St
Oxford OX1 2PG
+44 1865 278147
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