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Oxford  Archaeology, together with the University of Oxford and the Daming Palace National Heritage Park are pleased to announce the first international conference "Daming Palace and the Tang Dynasty: National and International Perspectives", to be held in Xi'an, China, on the 18 - 20 September 2010.

This conference is part of the on-going project with Heritage & Tourism International (a partnership between Oxford Archaeology and TEAM Tourism Consulting) who are working with the Xi'an Qujiang Daming Palace Heritage Area Protection and Reconstruction Office in the re-presentation of the site and in the promotion of an international research interest in the Palace site.


Daming Palace was the main royal palace in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) where Tang emperors lived and dealt with state affairs. The palace was located in the north-east of Chang'an City, namely Xi'an. It encloses 3.5 square kilometres and it is four times the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing. From the reign of Emperor Gaozong, Daming Palace became the political centre of the Tang Dynasty and has been considered to be a masterpiece in the history of Chinese architecture. However, it was destroyed by fire after suffering from three wars in 883, 885 and 896 respectively.

Since the 1950s, the archaeological work in the Daming Palace has focused on major sites within the complex. As a result, several halls and pavilions can now be clearly seen. In recent times, the Daming Palace has been an important scenic spot for tourists from home and abroad, disseminating the long history and culture of China. However, it has been recognised for some time that the site offered far more extensive opportunities to develop public understanding of the Tang Dynasty, and also that the site itself deserved more enhanced recognition of its importance and its research and educational potential. As a result there is now a major project in Xi'an to re-present the Daming Palace.

This conference will play an essential role in developing a research agenda for the Daming Palace and the Tang Dynasty by considering its history and archaeology, not just from a national but also from an international perspective.

Some of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Dame Jessica Rawson, Warden of Merton College, University of Oxford (Key note speaker)

  • Dr Chris Gosden, Chair of European Archaeology, University of Oxford
  • David Jennings, CEO, Oxford Archaeology
  • Dr Simon Thurley, CEO, English Heritage
  • Dr Richard Hodges, William's Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Prof Helena Hamerow, University Lecturer in European Archaeology (Early Medieval), University of Oxford

Early Bird Offer

The Daming Palace National Heritage Park is offering scholarships for up to 15 places covering the costs of accommodation in Xi'an during the conference days, meals, transfers to/from the airport, conference fees, excursions and all activities included in the conference programme (it does NOT include international flights or other costs not specified in the conference programme). These are limited places and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is highly recommended.

For further information please visit: http://damingpalace.thehumanjourney.net/

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