The Department of Archaeology, Oriental Museum, Durham University and the Palace Museum Beijing joined forces in June 2021 to hold their annual conference.

The Palace Museum/Durham University Seminars (PMDUS) have been taking place since 2016. These are seminars where scholars and postgraduates from around the world can meet to listen to and share ideas and current research. The fourth PMDS took place online over two days on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of June 2021.

This year’s topic was China and China’s role in Indian Ocean trade, focusing particularly on Chinese trade ceramics as evidence for this activity. Scholars from China, the UK and France presented their research to a global audience. PMDUS 2021 was held online to accommodate the large number of excellent presentations, with about 300 audiences from the UK, China, Korea and Japan each day.

Some of the presentations have been put on Youtube. The link to these talks is here for interested parties: