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Kaogu (Chinese: 考古; literally: "Archaeology") is a peer-reviewed monthly academic journal of Chinese archaeology, published by the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.[1]

The journal was established in 1955, appearing irregularly. Regular publication started in 1959 but was temporarily suspended between 1966–1971, during the Cultural Revolution.

The journal publishes summarized descriptions of excavations across China, but more recently research articles have also been included. Following cultural heritage laws, the work of foreigners on China must first be published in Chinese, and so Kaogu is also the main repository of data on international joint research between Chinese and non-Chinese that intensified in the 1990s. Most articles contain short English summaries.


  1. ^ "Introduction of the Institute of Archaeology, CASS". Institute of Archaeology, CASS. 2005-04-28. 
  • Barnes, Gina L. China, Korea, and Japan: The Rise of Civilization in East Asia. Thames and Hudson, London, 1993.

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