Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Textile Archaeology on the Silk Road: Comparison of Textiles Found in Northwest China and Israel

View on YouTube This lecture by Zhao Feng of the China National Silk Museum, held on May 11, 2017 at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem gives a brief introduction to the textile archaeology in the northwest of China, especially the Xinjiang area around the Taklamakan Desert. 
The sites where the textiles were found include the Small River site from the 20th century BC, to the Yingpan cemetery from the 4-5th century AD. 
After this introduction, some comparisons between the textiles found in Israel and China are compared, including wool tapestry and compound tabby fabrics from the Roman period, cotton and silk ikat from early Islamic period, and lampas from the Mongol period. Through these comparisons Dr. Zhao examines the relationship between the two sides of the Silk Road.

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