THE BELITUNG SHIPWRECK
AND THE MARITIME SILK ROUTE
Saturday, February 28, 2014, 10 am–5 pm
Cost: $50 general public; $45 Aga Khan Museum members; $25 students and seniors.
Venue: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
To register, please visit agakhanmuseum.org or call 416.646.4677.
The discovery of the 9th-century Belitung shipwreck in the Java Sea in 1998 revealed an astonishing cargo of close to 60,000 Tang period ceramic vessels as well as a rare collection of intricately worked silver and gold boxes, bronze mirrors, and silver ingots.
It also revealed some of the belongings of an international crew that was once on board of this Arab trade ship.
The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, and the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, are co-hosting a one-day symposium about the shipwreck’s discovery, excavation, its exceptional Tang period cargo, and the important narratives it provides of an active cultural and commercial maritime silk route.
International experts discuss the maritime silk route, including the Belitung shipwreck and other recently excavated shipwrecks in the Indian Ocean.
The symposium includes a round-table discussion of the historical and ethical implications of shipwrecks and the role of museums as venues for exploring and showcasing archaeological materials.
Admission to the exhibition The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route curated by John Vollmer included with registration.
SESSION ONE: 10–11 AM
SESSION TWO: 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
SESSION THREE: 2–2:30 PM
ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION: 3–5 PM
SHIPWRECKS, MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY AND MUSEUMS