Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

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The Institute of Archaeology (IA; Chinese: 中国社会科学院考古研究所) is a constituent institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), based in Beijing, China. It was founded on 1 August 1950, as part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Its original 20 or so researchers came from the Beiping Research Academy and the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica of the Republic of China. In 1977, the institute became part of the newly established CASS.[1][2]

Academic departments[edit]

  • Department of Prehistoric Archaeology,[3] established 1953[1]
  • Department of Xia, Shang and Zhou Archaeology,[3] established 1953[1]
  • Research Department of Han to Tang Archaeology,[3] established 1953[1]
  • Research Center for Frontier Archaeology and Foreign Archaeology,[3] established 2002[1]
  • Center for Scientific Archaeology,[3] established 1995[1]
  • Archaeology Press,[3] established 1955[1]
  • Center for Archaeological Data and Information,[3] established 1996[1]

In addition, the Research Center for Ancient Civilizations and the Conservation and Research Center of Cultural Heritage are also affiliated with IA CASS. The institute is also responsible for the Department of Archaeology of the Graduate School of CASS.[3]


The institute publishes several academic journals in Chinese:[2]

  • Kaogu (Archaeology), monthly
  • Acta Archaeologica Sinica (Kaogu Xuebao), quarterly
  • Kaoguxue jikan (Archaeology Periodicals), annually
  • Kaoguxue cankao ziliao (aperiodically)
  • Zhongguo kaoguxue nianjian (Annals of Chinese Archaeology)

It also publishes China's only English-language archaeological journal, Chinese Archaeology.[1]

Major excavations[edit]

List of directors[edit]

Other prominent archaeologists[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 中国社会科学院考古研究所简介 (in Chinese). Xinhua. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Introduction of the Institute of Archaeology, CASS". Institute of Archaeology, CASS. 2005-04-28.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "About IA CASS". Institute of Archaeology, CASS. Retrieved 2015-06-02.

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