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04 February 2020THE SILK ROAD: Exploration and Discovery
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THE SILK ROAD: Exploration and Discovery Dr Susan Whitfield Tuesday 04 February 2020

The tickets for Study Days have a small increase in price to £30.  Application forms can be found be clicking HERE.

 

Join Susan Whitfield as she recounts stories of the arts and explorations of the Silk Road based on 25 years experience of her work in the British Library, curator of major international exhibitions, and extensive travelling and writing. The three sessions will cover: 

1. The Silk Road: Introduction to its History and Cultures
A general context-setting lecture, illustrated with maps and artefacts, giving an outline of what we mean by the Silk Road and introducing some of the major events and cultures along it in the first millennium AD.
 
2. The Silk Road: Exploration and Discovery
This tells the story of the early 20th imperial archaeologists of the Silk Road, concentrating on the British/Hungarian, Sir Aurel Stein, and how he uncovered forgotten civilisations of the Silk Road from the desert sands of the Taklamakan. His finds are now mainly in the British Museum and British Library.
 
3. Silk Road Art
This lecture introduces several wonderful pieces of art exemplifying the transmissions and interactions of peoples, faiths, technologies, materials and designs along the Silk Road. The objects include a gilt silver flask, a glass bowl, a patterned silk and a Buddhist votive plaque.

 

About the lecturer:

Dr Susan Whitfield is a writer, scholar, lecturer and traveler of the Silk Roads. During 25 years curating the collections of manuscripts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites at the British Library, she also helped found and then developed the International Dunhuang Project (IDP), now a thriving international collaboration working on the art and artefacts of the eastern Silk Road. She has lectured and written widely on the Silk Road. Her latest book, Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road, was published in March 2018. She has also curated several major exhibitions and organized field trips to archaeological sites in the Taklamakan desert.