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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Yangguanzhai Project, China - 2012

Asia - Yangguanzhai Project, China - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-06-17
End Date 2012-07-21

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location


Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

UCLA, Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology, Institute for Field Research, California State University Northridge

Academic Credit

8 semester credit units from California State University Northridge

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$4,950 CSU System students; $5,100 all others

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

all inclusive; Food is provided Monday- Saturday (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Students are responsible for their own meals on Sundays.

Archaeology Field School Description

The Yangguanzhai Neolithic site in the Wei River Valley was discovered in 2004. The subsequent excavation of 17,000 square meters revealed rich deposits of Neolithic houses, storage pits, ceramic kilns, children’s burials, and such features as a moat and trash pit. Artifacts found at the site include both decorated and undecorated pottery, stone tools, and various ornaments made of stone, ceramic, bone, and shell. Located in the central area of what archeologists call the Yangshao Culture Miaodigou Phase, Yangguanzhai will provide essential information to our knowledge of Neolithic settlement, social organization, economic, and perhaps ritual activities. This five to six thousand years old “moat-surrounded settlement” has been designated one of the “Most Important Archaeology Find of 2008” in China. Located in the area from which the earliest Chinese dynasties emerged, the site will provide vital insight into the prehistoric Chinese past.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

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Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Ye Wa ( is a Research Associate at the University of California, Los Angeles. With a B.A. from Northwest University in Xi’an and a Ph.D. in archeology from UCLA, she has worked in China and in the US on various archaeological projects.

Co-director Dr. Zhouyong Sun is an Associate Research Fellow at the Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology, Xi’an, China. With a B.A from Ximen University and a Ph.D. in archaeology from La Trobe University, Australia, he has worked in many archaeological projects in the region.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Two excursions are planned as part of the course. 1) A field trip to the Museum of Terracotta Soldiers and Horses (tomb of the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site ) and the Yangling Museum in week 1. 2) A further weekend trip to nearby archaeological sites will be arranged during weeks 2 -5.

This program has limited free time for independent sightseeing. Please consult with the Director about independent travel during the program.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles CA. 90021

Tel: 424.226.6130
Fax: 310.837.0193

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