School of Cultural heritage

Introduction to the School of Cultural heritage

The origin of the School of Cultural heritage goes back to department of history established in 1937, and assumed School of Cultural and Museology in 1988. It was renamed present name in 2006.

During past seventy years, many distinguished scholars such as Huang Wenbi, Ma Changshou, Chen Zhi, Zhou Weizhou, had been teaching here. Now, high-quality teaching staffs (including ten professors) have gained outstanding achievements in their teaching practice and academic research, and most of them received the doctoral degree.

There are two majors, archaeology (including discipline of Cultural Heritage Management) and Preservation Technology for Cultural heritage in the School. It has history first-level discipline to award a doctoral degree program, master degree programs and a center for post-doctoral studies and also offers undergraduate degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees. A national talent training base for Archaeology and Museology is established in the School.

There is a National Demonstration Centre for Experimental Teaching (Demonstration Center for Conservation for Cultural Heritage) in the School. The School also has a Provincial Continuing Education Innovate Centre for Archaeology and a Provincial teaching team. The Two majors, Archaeology and Preservation Technology for Cultural heritage have been honored as excellent and characteristic major by Shaanxi Province, and Archaeology is entitled in the National Characteristic Specialty. There are different level of Elaborate Courses, 2 National Programs, 3 Provincial Programs and 4 University discipline Programs. One of the staff is honored provincial outstanding teacher, and many teaching achievements are awarded national and provincial reward.

The School has outstanding teaching and research platform for an unparalleled range of archaeological and preservation research, including a Key Laboratory(key Laboratory of Cultural Heritage Conservation and Research, Ministry of Education,) and Provincial Key Lab(Cultural Heritage Preservation and archaeological research Centre), a Key Base (Key base of Cultural Property Preservation for Bricks and Stones material, State Administration of Cultural Heritage), a Centre(Center of Conservation Plan of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University and Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage), two provincial key disciplines(archaeology and Preservation Technology for Cultural Heritage) and a provincial characteristic discipline(archaeology) .

The School has facilities for teaching and research, a multimedia classroom, a laboratory for cultural heritage preservation and archaeology, a computes’ classroom. Twenty thousand cultural properties and teaching samples have been collected by The School Museum. The Library supports the taught programmes offered by the School and provides research material on a wide variety of topics covering all aspects of archaeology, museum studies and conservation of cultural heritage.

The School located in the famous ancient Chinese capital Xi’an where is rich in cultural resources. To utilize these resources, the School cooperates with more than ten cultural heritage institutes that are teaching and practice base, located in Shaanxi Province and Northwest Region. Now the School is responsible for the training and education of carders for cultural heritage institute.

The School focuses on not only teaching, but also researching. Graduate with solid foundation, broad knowledge are capable of proceeding comprehensive research. The School has cultivated a large number of archaeological and preservation talents and achieves remarkable success.

Archaeology

The main purpose of this major is to cultivate the compound and technological student who will engage in archaeological research, cultural heritage and museum management. Through 4 years professional education, students grasp basic knowledge and theory of archaeological, antiquity and museum, master the main approach for excavation and research, train ability for archaeological field survey and how to write the thesis, have basic ability for archaeological research and related managing work.

Main Courses

Introduction to Chinese Archaeology, Ancient Chinese History, World Ancient History, Medieval History, Classical Chinese, Introduction to Paleography, Prehistoric Archaeology (National Program of Elaborate Courses), Introduction to archaeological Science(National Program of Elaborate Courses), Different dynasty Archaeology, Such as Xia-Shang-Zhou dynasties Archaeology, Qin and Han Dynasties Archaeology, Three sovereign nations and Wei-Jin periods Archaeology, Sui-Tang and Five Dynasties archaeology, Song-Yuan-Ming-Qin Dynasties Archaeology, Field archaeology, Introduction to archaeological Field Method and Techniques, The Legislation and Policy of Cultural Heritage

Practice Training

Field Survey and Archaeological Excavation, Dissertation, Term Thesis.

Preservation Technology for Cultural heritage

The main purpose of the major is to cultivate the compound and technological talents, who master basic knowledge of literay history and Math various Science, grasp general knowledge of antique, Museology, archaeology, get hold of basic theory, procedure and method of preservation technology of Cultural Heritage, have ability to deal with practices and research.

Main Course

Introduction to preservation technology for Cultural Heritage, Inorganic Chemistry and Experiment, Organic Chemistry and Experiment, Analytical Chemistry and Experiment, General Physics, Introduction to Chinese Archaeology, Introduction to Cultural Heritage, Introduction to Museology, Introduction to archaeological Science(National Program of Elaborate Courses), Preservation of Organic Materials, Preservation of Inorganic Materials, Introduction to Preservation of Earth sites, Introduction to Preservation Materials Science, Restoration and Preservation of Cultural properties, Introduction to Restoration and Preservation of Historic buildings, Technology and Analysis of Cultural Properties, Cultural Properties and Environment.

Practice Training

Internship program, Dissertation &Graduation Thesis, Term Thesis, Experimental Course, like Preservation Experiment of Cultural Properties, Restoration Experiment of Ceramics and Metal materials.

Archaeology (Discipline of Managing Cultural Heritage)

The main purpose of the major is to cultivate high Applicative talents for managing Cultural Heritage. Through four years studying, students grasp various basic theory and knowledge of history, archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Museology and Management Science, has knowledge of humanities and social sciences and high management quality, master the basic knowledge and skill for Cultural Heritage conservation, evaluation and management, are capable of collection document, evaluation, making and practicing conservation plan.

Main Course

Ancient Chinese History, World Ancient Material History, Classical Chinese, Introduction to Chinese Archaeology, Legislations and Policies of Cultural Heritage, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, China Cultural Heritage, Managing Archaeology Sites, Appraise of Cultural Properties, Introduction to Restoration and Preservation for Historic buildings, Introduction to Conservation Plan, Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Museology, Introduction to World Heritage Management, Introduction to China Heritage Management.

Practice Training

Field Survey and Excavation, Cultural Heritage Survey, Conservation plan survey practice, Dissertation, Term Thesis,

Introduction to Professors

Zhao Congcang (Male) graduated from Department of History in Northwest University majoring in Archaeology and got his Master’s degree. He has been working in Northwest University and now is a Professor in School of Cultural Heritage. His major research fields are the Chinese Archaeology, Archaeological Science, and Antiquarianism.

He has taken charge of many projects, like ‘The Excavation and Research on Baoshan Site in Chenggu County’ sponsored by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. And the ‘Excavation Report on Baoshan Site in Chenggu County (1998)’ was awarded the ‘Third Prize of 7th Achievement Reward of Social Science in Shaanxi Province’.

In addition, a series of archaeological reports and research papers by Professor Zhao have been published such as the ‘The Introduction of Archaeological Science’, ‘The Bronze Vessels of Cheng Yang’.

Wang Jianxin (Male) graduated from Department of History in Northwest University majoring in Archaeology and got his Bachelor’s degree. He is now a professor and Ph.D supervisor in College of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University and a guest professor of Research Center of Chinese Archaeology in Peking University. He is also a guest research fellow of Research Center of Ancient Civilization (CASS).

His research interests are Archaeology of Qin and Han Dynasties, Ethnoarchaeology of Northwest China, Archaeology of Northeast Asia, Cultural Heritage Management

He has taken charge of the ‘Excavation and Research on Zhongbazi and Shangzhongba Sites in Wanzhou of Chongqing’. He also participated in the ‘Excavation and Multidisciplinary Research on Ban Cun Site in Mian Chi County (1992-2002)’ which was a key project of State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

Professor Wang’s main works include ‘Hui People and Mo People in the period of Pre-Qin Dynasty’, ‘Classification Research on the Bronze Sword of Northeast Asian System’

Zhang Hongyan (Male) graduated from Department of History in Northwest University majoring in Archaeology and got his Master’s degree. He is now a professor and Ph.D supervisor in College of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University.

His research are are Chinese Paleolithic Archaeology and Chinese Neolithic Archaeology.

His main research projects include the ‘Excavation and Research on Zhongbazi Site in Wanzhou of Chongqing’, ‘Environmental and Cultural Research on Wei River Valley in the Pehistoric Time’. The ‘Excavation Report of Anban Site in Fufeng County’ was awarded the ‘Third Prize of Achievement Reward of Social Science in Shaanxi Province (2003)’.

Representative works of Professor Zhang are ‘Introduction of Chinese Prehitoric Archaeology’, ‘Burial Custom of Chinese Prehitoric Time’, ‘A Preliminary Study on Stone Arrow in the area of East Asia’.

Wang Weikun (Male) graduated from Doshisha University and got his Ph.D degree. He is now a professor and Ph.D supervisor in College of Cultural Heritage and also the Deputy President of School of International Cultural Exchange.

His research interests are Archaeology of Wei Jin Southern&Northern Dynasties, Archaoelgoy of Sui and Tang Dynasties, Sino-Japan Cultural Exchange.

He has participated in a series of excavations as a tutor like Shizuitou site in Baoji, Laoniupo site in Xi’an and Taipingfang site in Xi’an. His research project ‘Research on of Silk Road in Chang’an City of Tang Dynasty’ was sponsored by Shaan’Xi government.

Professor Wang’s representative works include ‘Differentiation and Analysis of Mural Painting –Keshitu from Tomb of Prince Zhanghuaiof Tang Dynasty’, ‘Excavation Report of Shizuitou Site in Baoji’, ‘Further Discussion on the Three Bridges on Wei River of Chang’an in Tang Dynasty’.

Chen Honghai, graduated from Peking University, Ph.D. History. Now he is director of college of cultural heritage of Northwest University, and professor of archaeology.

He engaged in prehistory archaeological research in Northwest region in China. He was a director of many archaeological excavation projects, such as Zongri site in Tongde county,Qinghai Province, Mogou site in Lintan county, Gansu Province, Qiafuqihai cemetery in Tekes County, Xinjiang.

Two Archaeological reports Hetaozhuang Site in Minghe County and Xiaweiluo Site in Xunyi were authored by him. Three theses were his representative works in prehistory archaeological academic sector, which are Burial form Research of Prehistory Tombs in Gansu and Qinhai Area’, ‘About Zongri Culture’, ‘Differentiate and Analysis Secondeary Disturb Burial of Prehistory Culture in Gansu and Qinhai

Duan Qingbo, majored in Archaeology in Northwest University and received his Ph.D.in History in 2007. He had been engaged in the field archaeology in Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology , and now is serving as the professor in the School of Cultural Heritage of Northwest University and part time professor of Sichuan University. He focuses on Qin-Han Dynasty Archaeology.

He has taken charge of many archaeology projects, such as the excavation of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum since 1998, and now is the director of the investigation in the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty in Shaanxi Province.

In addition, a series of archaeological reports and research papers by Professor Duan have been published such as Archaeology Report on the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, Chinese Old Pottery.

Qian Yaopeng, received the Ph.D.in History from the Archaeology Department of Peking University in 1999. He got the further education in Japan from 1993 to 1994 and was engaged as the guest researcher by the Center of Study for the Ancient Civilization of CASS in 1995. And now he is serving as the professor of the School of Cultural Heritage in Northwest University and his research interests is Prehistory.

He has taken charge of many archaeology projects,like Zaoshugounao Site, Neolithic Cultures in China-Northwest Leading Academic Discipline Project, and An Introduction to Archaeology-Ministry of Education’s 11th five-year plan.

In addition, a series of archaeological reports and research books by Professor Qian have been published, such as The Excavation Report on Anban Site in Fufeng. The Chinese Prehistoric City Site and Civilization Origin, and more than 40 academic theses were published.

Ran Wanli graduated from the Northwest University, majoring in Archaeology; and received the Ph.D.in Literature (Cultural History) from Doshisha University, Japan. And now he is serving as a professor in Northwest University.

He participated in the Japan and China joint study on the burial system of Sarira in China. He also directed the Sui-Tang Archaeology- Leading Academic Discipline project, as well as the Study on Image of Buddha and Temple in Chang’an Area of Tang Dynasty, which was sponsored by Shaanxi Foundation of Social Science.

His main research interests are Sui-Tang Archaeology and Buddhism Archaeology. His main academic theses are The Discovery and Characteristics of the Southern Gold and Silver Wares in Tang Dynasty, On Buddhist Utensils of Buddhist Sculptures in Chang’an Area and Report on Jiehua Temple Grottoes in Ansai Couty, Shaanxi Province. The great publication is Lecture Notes on the Archaeology from Han to Tang Dynasty.

Wang Liqin,(female)is the dean and professor in the department of Cultural Heritage Conservation. She received the MSc degree from Northwest University in 1988.

Her main research interest is the identification and the analysis on pigments on cultural properties, as well as the study on conservational materials and environment of cultural properties.

She undertook more than ten state-level and provincial-level research projects. The project directed by her named the Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy-supplies a new skill of non-destructive analysis. She mentioned and tested the appropriate humidity of the conservation of cultural heritage, which provides science basis for the conservational environment of the tremendous cultural properties.

She published more than fifty academic papers, among which six papers have been quoted by SCI .Such as Studies on the Identification on Pigments on Relics and the Analysis of Color Changes by Fiber Optical Reflectance Spectroscopy, Analytical Letters, 2001, 34 (13):2403-2414(SCI quotes);Analysis and Protection of One Thousand Hand Buddha in Dazu Stone Sculptures, Chinese Journal of Chemistry,2004, 22(2):172-176(SCI quotes);Spectrum Analysis of the Colored Pottery Figurines from Yangling Tombs of the Han dynasty, Analytical Letters,2000, 33(8):1655 -1663(SCI quotes).

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