Monday, 8 October 2012

Last reminder: International Conference Archaeology of the Southern Taklamakan: Hedin and Stein’s Legacy and New Explorations IDP, The British Library and SOAS 8th-10th November, 2012

Last reminder for this very interesting conference next month in London.
Everybody is invited to register and the program looks very interesting and exciting!!

Today I send in my registration. I misread the earlier publication by IDP and assumed that this conference took place this month (in october when I absolutely was unable to join) but as I just was to publish a reminder for this conference I found out that it is from 8- 10 November 2012.
I do hope that they will accept my late registration and that I'm not too late!

International Conference

Archaeology of the Southern Taklamakan: Hedin and Stein’s Legacy and New Explorations

IDPThe British Library and SOAS
8th-10th November, 2012

Organised with the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology 新疆文物考古研究所
Supported by:
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Sino-British Fellowship Trust
Arts & Humanities Research Council
This conference will take place as part of Asian Art in London 2012


Over the past three decades there have been systematic archaeological excavations of sites belonging to the ancient kingdoms of Khotan in the western Taklamakan and Kroraina in the eastern Taklamakan and Lop Desert, in modern-day western China. These have been carried out by Chinese archaeologists, some in conjunction with Japanese and French teams.
The exploration of these kingdoms, however, began much earlier. Early in the 20th century Sven Hedin and Aurel Stein uncovered significant archaeological remains and archives and brought the importance of these cultures to the attention of an international scholarly public. The materials they excavated are now in various collections in Europe and worldwide, and their influence on modern understanding of Central Asian history and society is without parallel.
The conference will set the sites in context by looking at the historical geography and environment, the transmitted and excavated historical records, and archaeological archives in China and Europe. It will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including field archaeologists from the Chinese, Sino-Japanese and Sino-French excavations of recent decades, archivists, curators and historians working on the Hedin and Stein collections, and historical geographers, art historians, and historians from universities with a strong research record in this area. This is the first conference on this topic.


Opening Lecture: November 8th (Evening)

Khalili Lecture Theatre
School of Oriental and African Studies
Russell Square Campus
Thornhaugh St, London
United Kingdom

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Conference: 9th–10th

The British Library Conference Centre
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

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There is a registration fee of GB£40 (£20 for students/OAPs) which will also cover refreshments over the two days.
To register contact:

Participants and Papers

Abulkasim Anwar (Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology)
Recent Discoveries at Keriya Tombs
Idris Abdurusul (Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology)
New Multidisciplinary Research on Xiaohe Culture
Stefan Baums (University of Munich)
The Kharoṣṭhī Documents from Niya and Their Contribution to Gāndhārī Studies
Joe Cribb (British Museum)
Chinese and Indian influences on Khotanese money, 1st–2nd century AD
Philippe Forêt (University of St. Gallen)
'An Interesting Geographical Change': Hedin, Stein and Huntington's surveys of climate change
Michael Frachetti (Washington University in St. Louis)
Ancient Pastoralism High and Low: Mountain nomads and their link with desert economies of Inner Asia
Corinne Debaine Francfort and Henri-Paul Francfort (Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris)
Some Aspects of Early Ornamental and Figurative Arts in Xinjiang: Ancient discoveries and new researches
Valerie Hansen (Yale University)
Kroraina and Khotan in Historic Records and Excavated Documents
Puay-Peng Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Form and Meaning: Architecture of the Buddhist kingdoms around the Taklamakan Desert between the 4th–7th centuries AD
Leo Aoi Hosoya (Kyoto University)
Rise and Fall of Arid Area Life: A case study of Xiaohe Tomb site (1,600–1,000 BC), Xinjiang
Kojima Yasutaka (Chair, Academic Research Organisation for Niya, Bukkyo University)
Sino-Japanese Research at Dandan-Uliq and Niya: An overview
Li Jun (Xinjiang Bureau of Cultural Relics)
Overview of Archaeology in the Southern Taklamakan from 1949 and the Current Role of XJIA
Li Wenying (Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology)
Prehistoric Textiles Discoveries and Research
Lukas Nickel (SOAS, University of London)
Ceramic Building Materials in the Taklamakan
Jan Romgard (Stockholm University)
The Puzzles of the Taklamakan from a History of Science Perspective
Rozi Nijat (Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology)
The Removal and Conservation of Excavated Wall Paintings
Yo-Ichiro Sato (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto)
DNA Testing of Plant and Animal Remains from Xiaohe
Armin Selbitschka (Stanford University)
From Western Asian Glass Beakers to Chinese Silk Robes: telling evidence retrieved from burials along the southern rim of the Taklamakan desert
Oktor Skjærvø (Harvard University)
The 7th/8th-century Khotanese Legal Documents
Matkasim Tomur (Khotan Institute for Cultural Relics and Archaeology)
Recent Archaeological Work at Khotan
Håkan Wahlquist (Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm )
Sven Hedin and Huang Wenbi: The Sino-Swedish expeditions and their legacy
Folke Bergman and the Discovery of Xiaohe
Helen Wang (British Museum)
Money in the Southern Taklamakan
Susan Whitfield (IDP, The British Library)
Following Stein at Niya
Tim Williams (Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)
Mapping the Southern Taklamakan


Programme to follow

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