Anyang Field School

About the Program

This summer archaeological training will be held in Anyang, China, a UNESCO world heritage site. Anyang is the modern city where the last capital of Shang civilization, the earliest literate civilization in East Asia, was located.

The field training is affiliated with the joint research project “Urban organization and population dynamics of late Shang dynasty” between the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Department of Anthropology at UBC.

In addition to active participation and involvement in on-going archaeological excavation, this summer field training has a focus on learning ancient technologies and material culture through actual manufacture and examination of a range of artifacts, particularly ceramics and bronzes.

In addition to excavation and experiment-related activities, lectures will be given on the introduction of Shang archaeology so that students will acquire a good understanding of archaeological research in Anyang, and its comparative value and significance in the investigation of early cities and civilizations across the world.

You can watch a slideshow of photos from the 2012 group and learn more about UBC Arts’ connection to this UNESCO Heritage site.

General Timeline

8 May 2016: Arrive in Beijing

9 – 11 May 2016: Visit Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Zhoukoudian (Peking Man Site) in Beijing

12 May 2016: Arrive in Anyang

13 May – 16 June 2016: Participation in On-going Excavation and Artifact Analysis

17 June 2016: Leave Anyang and Arrive in Beijing

18 June 2016: Program Ends and Departure for Canada

Eligibility and Prerequisites

This summer training program is open to all eligible UBC students. Students from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students with archaeology coursework or field experience.  Recommended courses include ARCL 103 and 203.

Enrollment is limited to 8-12 students.

Please contact if you are interested in the program but do not belong to the above programs.

The program fee is $4,000 (approximately). The final fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Included in Program Fee NOT Included in Program Fee
  • Accommodations
  • In country group transportation
  • Meals
  • Guest Lectures
  • Excavation
  • Go Global Fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition (for 6 credits)
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

All qualifying students will receive a $1000 Go Global Award.