Minor in Archaeology

Vietnam Summer Field Trip 2020 (Suspended due to covid-19 pandemic)

With much regret, and in response to the most recent development of COVID-19 into a pandemic disease, ANTH3790/5790 Archaeological Field Study (Vietnam Summer Field Trip 2020) will now be postponed to 2022. Once again, thank you for your patience as we navigate this difficult time and we look forward to making 2022’s Vietnam Summer Field Trip a healthy and successful one! (updated on 12/03/2021)

Archaeology is an inter-disciplinary subject that integrates knowledge in humanities, social science, and science. This minor programme provides students an option to develop an integrated focus on archaeology by bringing together various perspectives including anthropology, culture management, fine arts, geography and geology, and history. Students will learn about the preservation and management of archaeological sites and excavated objects, and relevant data such as in art and historical studies.

While there is growing awareness about the significance of archaeological discoveries in Hong Kong and the rest of East Asia, systematic training is lacking locally. This minor programme is the first and only programme in Hong Kong that teaches students basic skills in archaeological excavation and research, as well as knowledge in the appreciation, curation, and exhibition of archaeological materials. The programme will connect students with Archaeology programmes in Mainland China and overseas, to expand their perspectives beyond Hong Kong.

In light of increasing admission figures to archaeological exhibitions, students will find themselves equipped for culture-related careers, especially in archaeological excavations, museums, education, and cultural tourism.

The programme is coordinated by the Department of Anthropology and students are required to complete 21 units of courses.

Students can refer to the application procedure at Registration and Examinations Section (RES). Applications should be submitted via CUSIS during the period as specified by the RES.
If you have any questions, please call the department at 3943-7670/ 3943-7677, or e-mail us at anthropology@cuhk.edu.hk.


Students are required to complete a minimum of 21 units of courses as follows

(1) Required Course (3 units): ANTH1710 Understanding Archaeology

(2) Elective Courses

ANTH (At least 3 courses from the following, with at least 3 units at 3000 or above level)
ANTH2710 Archaeology of China
ANTH2720 Archaeology of Hong Kong
ANTH2740 Deciphering the Past: Culture, Archaeology and Science
ANTH2810 Human Evolution
ANTH3322 Topics in Anthropology: Forensic Anthropology (*New course in Spring 2023, can be counted as a 3000 level elective course for this minor.)
ANTH3770 Making Places: Landscapes, Culture and Society
ANTH3780 Archaeological Field Methods
ANTH3790 Archaeological Field Study 

BIOL/CHEM/CUMT/ESSC/FAAS/GRMD/HIST/STAT (At least 2 courses from the following, with at least 3 units at 3000 or above level)
BIOL4510 Hong Kong Flora and Vegetation (Enrollment pre-requisite: LSCI1002)
CHEM1072 General Chemistry
CUMT2004 Chinese Material Culture
CUMT3009 Interpreting Chinese Antiquities
ESSC4120 Petrology (Enrollment pre-requisite: ESSC2010)
FAAS1600 Artistic Traditions in China
FAAS2102 Arts of Ancient China: Neolithic Through Bronze Age
FAAS2103 Art along the Silk Road
FAAS2104 History of Early Chinese Ceramics
FAAS2113 Introduction to Asian Art: The Art and Archaeology of West, South, Southeast, and Inner Asia
FAAS3104 Jingdezhen and Beyond: History of Later Chinese Ceramics
FAAS3110 Buddhist Art and Architecture
GRMD2104 Remote Sensing of Environment
GRMD2105 Introduction to GIS
GRMD2209 Physical Geology
HIST2140 State and Society in Ancient China
HIST3106 Regional Cultures in Han China
HIST4141 Iconographies, Unearthed Documents and Qin-Han History
HIST4142 History of Material Culture of Ancient China
HIST4390 Ancient Egypt: History, Art, Religion, and Modern Perceptions
STAT1012 Statistics for Life Sciences

Field Trips


Vietnam Summer Field Trip 2020 (postponed to 2022)


Archaeological Field Work Internship 2019

Past Final Year Projects
Graduation Year Final Year Project Title
2020 A Comparative Study of Foodways and Cultural Influence in Iron Age Southern Levant and the Western Zhou Dynasty (Ashleigh Bronwyn Ward)
Hong Kong Ceramic Study (Li Hoi Yin, Anson)
A Cultural Biography of Museum Objects: An Ethnographic Study on the Collections of Hong Kong Maritime Museum exhibition East Meets West: Maritime Silk Routes in the 13th – 18th Centuries (Szeto Huen Ting, Claudia)
2019 A Step Into The Past Xi’an Liujiawa Lujiahe Human Bones Investigation (Chung Keng Chin)
The globalization of early iron technology in the Han period: A case study of iron artifacts from GuanTian site, Hunan (CHUNG Lai Kwan)
Constructing the History of City of Victoria – Studying the Artifacts Excavated from Former Mountain Lodge, Former Police Married Quarters and Central Police Station Compound (Ho Wing Sze )
The Authenticity of Chinese-styled Pastries in Bakery: Case of Tai Tung Bakery, Hong Kong (Lee Wing Yan, Nicole)
《左傳》占卜敍事的人類學觀察—從敍事結構和場域看權力關係 (連麗㼆)
2018 Beyond the Rail: Reimagining Heritage through Hong Kong Tramways (Fung Lok Shan, Sonia)
Remembering Identity in Modernity: A Case Study of Festival Ritual in Hong Kong (LIU, Hsin-Yuan)
制造孫中山:紅樓的歷史塑造與文化遺產建構  (田穎儀)
2017 Understanding the Power of Language and Intercultural Cooperation in Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Lo Hei Yu, Stephanie)
Iron mines and churches in Ma On Shan Tsuen: heritage, late modernity and the tourist gaze (Ngan Siu Wa)
2016 Case Study on Sai Kung Nam Pin Wai Archaeological Site: The Possibility of Early Cultivation During the Late Neolithic Period ( Cheng Jing )
Culture in the Lab: The Role of Culture in Conservation in Hong Kong ( Lau Ka Yan )
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum and Public Relationship ( Tsz Man Yi, Mandy)
2015 The Case Study of ‘Sacred Hill Savers’: Future Prospect of Hong Kong Public Archaeology (Fung Shuk Shan)
A Comparative Study of University Museums: the Nicholson Museum, the University of Sydney, and the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Lam Ka Ki)
The Study of Craftsmanship of Oracle Bones Stored in United College Wu Chung Multimedia Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Ng Kwan Yi, Gabriel)
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