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Former names
Kaogu Tongxun 考古通讯
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Discipline archaeology
Language Chinese
Edited by Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Publication details
Kexue Chubanshe, Wenwu Chubanshe (China)
Frequency monthly
ISSN 0453-2899

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 predecessor to what would become Kaogu was published from 1934-1937, with each issue containing only a couple of articles.[2] The earliest version of the journal was published in 1955,[3] however it appeared irregularly until 1959. Regular publication was temporarily suspended between 1966–1971, during the Cultural Revolution.[2]


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. 
  2. ^ a b "《Archaeology》 Publishing report". China Academic Journals Full-text Database. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Archaeology". China Academic Journals Full-text Database. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  • Barnes, Gina L. China, Korea, and Japan: The Rise of Civilization in East Asia. Thames and Hudson, London, 1993.

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