Institute to host UNESCO/UCL International Expert Workshop on Maritime Silk Routes

21 April 2017


The Institute of Archaeology will host a UNESCO/UCL international expert workshop on the serial nomination of the Maritime Silk Routes next month.

The UNESCO project is exploring potential approaches to the serial nomination of the Maritime Silk Routes. There has been much discussion of possible strategies for UNESCO World Heritage nominations of the impact of maritime trade on the cultures and civilizations of East, Southeast, South and Western Asia, often referred to as the Maritime Silk Routes. The goal of the international workshop is to bring together scholars who have worked on the history, archaeology, and heritage of maritime interactions across this vast area to discuss the strategy for such a project.

The event will explore issues of chronology, the changing nature of routes, impact, the surviving range of archaeological and built heritage, the role of land routes connecting ports with their hinterlands and production sites, the complexity of port cities, and the approaches to wrecks and cargoes.

The workshop hopes to start the process of defining strategies for further research and as a platform for engaging in dialogue with the State Parties along the routes. Participants include experts from Japan, Republic of Korea, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Iran, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Tanzania and international scholars from Australia, Canada, France, and the UK.

Any enquiries about the workshop may be directed to Tim Williams. Tim is a specialist in Silk Roads archaeology as well as site management and continues to have a long and successful collaboration with UNESCO, ICOMOS and UNWTO on Silk Roads research and the Transnational Nomination project.