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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Miss Yuqi Lu

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  • 2017-2018: International Cultural Heritage Management: Studied at University of Durham (UK).
  • 2012-2016: BA. in Landscape Architecture: Read at Beijing Forestry University (China).

Research Topic

Tangible Cultural Heritage “Waste” or “Rubbish”? A Critical Evaluation of Disaster Response and Post-Disaster Planning on China’s The Ancient Tea-Horse Road


At present, various types of disasters are occurring frequently, including natural disasters and man-made disasters. In the context of disasters, the preservation of heritage faces tremendous challenges. These disasters not only destroyed heritage sites and caused loss of life, but also resulted in some heritage sites losing historic and cultural value. Researchers have studied heritage sites in a disaster context from various angles that these studies have primarily focused on how to make heritage sites resistant to disasters, how to prepare for disasters, how to respond in a disaster situation, and how to restore the authenticity of heritage in post-disaster reconstruction. However, a present, there is no research on heritage materials destroyed by such disasters. This heritage waste plays an important role in the disaster response phase and the post-disaster planning phase. Therefore, this thesis attempts to use Thompson’s Rubbish Theory (1979:77) to explore the value and disposal methods of these destroyed heritage materials. This thesis will discuss whether those heritage materials with universal and market value that were damaged in disasters have lost their value and should be understood as “rubbish” or “waste”. Studying damaged heritage materials - heritage “waste” or “rubbish”, and identifying the value and type of these heritage waste products could enable heritage sites to recover more quickly and preserve the OUVs of heritage sites to the greatest possible extent. Thus, this thesis selected two heritage sites experienced disasters on the Ancient Tea-Horse Road as cases to explore the generation and management of heritage waste in disaster response and how to reuse and dispose heritage waste in post-disaster planning.

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Research Groups

  • Heritage, Archaeology, People & Places Research & Impact Group