The International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage is a partnership between the UCL Institute of Archaeology and North-West University, Xi'an
The International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage is a partnership between the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and North-West University, Xi'an. It aims to act as a transformative centre for international Silk Roads studies, drawing together the many disparate strands of current research, building international collaborations, and undertaking ground-breaking new research on the phenomenon that transformed the world.
Currently extensive archaeological research is taking place along the Silks Roads, in part inspired by the nomination project of the Silk Roads to the UNESCO World Heritage list. East Asia (China, Korea and Japan), Central Asian (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan), Western Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel) and the southern Silk Roads through South Asia (China, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh) are all currently undertaking research. Most recently the Maritime Silk Routes have received growing attention, bringing an even wider range of potential partners to the debate.
This centre hopes to help this growing wealth of scholarship to promote wider dialogue, debate and development.
Silk Roads Seminar Series - for early 2021
A joint series organised by the International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage, the Central Asian Archaeological Landscape project (CAAL), and the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), UCL Institute of Archaeology.
The series will explore three inter-related themes: archaeology in Central Asia (broadly related to the Silk Roads), the Maritime Silk Routes, and the geopolitics of the Silk Roads today.
The seminars will take place via Zoom (Meeting ID: 992 2337 3036, Passcode: 905838)
Ten Monday seminars commencing at 16:00 GMT:
11/01/2021 Prof Tim Winter (University of Western Australia, Perth) Geocultural Power: The Revival of the Silk Roads in the 21st Century
18/01/2021 Dr Dmitry Voyakin (Director of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, Samarkand) Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Kazakhstan, including an investigation of Aral Sea Region
25/01/2021 Prof Simon Kaner (Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and Director, Centre for Japanese Studies and University of East Anglia) Nara to Norwich: Art and Belief at the Ends of the Silk Roads
01/02/2021 Dr Helen Persson Swain (freelance) Curating the V&A Stein Collection
08/02/2021 Dr Marco Nebbia (UCL), with Dr Gai Jorayev (UCL) The Central Asian Archaeological Landscape Project: Remote Sensing and Landscape Change
22/02/2021 Dr Veronica Walker-Vadillo (University of Helsinki) Ports and Harbours of Southeast Asia: Human-environment Entanglements in Early Modern Maritime Trade Networks
01/03/2021 Dr Bérénice Bellina-Pryce (Maison Archéologie Ethnologie, CNRS & University of Paris-Nanterre) Recent Work on Riverine Ports in Myanmar
08/03/2021 Dr Robert Spengler (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Seed-Dispersal Mechanisms in Plant Domestication
15/03/2021 Dr June Wang (Associate Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong) The Silk Roads and Geopolitics in Heritage
22/03/2021 Dr Anke Hein (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford) Human Response to High Altitude Environmental Change on the Eastern Rim of the Tibetan Plateau
Three Friday seminars commencing at 10:00 GMT:
26/02/2021 Prof Himanshu Prabha Ray (Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University & Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies) Maritime Networks in the Indian Ocean
05/03/2021 Prof Sarah Ward (Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology at Dalian Maritime University's Centre for Maritime History and Culture Research) Asian Underwater Cultural Heritage
12/03/2021 Prof MA Jian (Northwest University China) Archaeology in the Eastern Tianshan Mountains