Archaeological Explorations along the Tianshan Mountains
A talk by Wang Jianxin (Northwest China Univ., Xi'an)
Monday, February 28, 2005
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
According to Wang Jianxin, one of China's leading archaeologist, exchanges between nomadic tribes of Asia and Europe began before the opening of the Silk Road in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).
Exchanges occurred through the vast region between the Tianshan Mountains and Altai Mountains. Recent archaeological discoveries and research has shown that this region had been an important path for exchanges between eastern and western nomadic tribes as early as in the Bronze Age, dating back 3,000 to 4,000 years, Wang said.
The fact that unearthed utensils of nomadic tribes, exhibited in museums of European and Asian countries, are surprisingly similar also demonstrates that the so-called Prairie Silk Road played an important role in early East-West exchanges.
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Professor Wang's talk will be in Chinese, with translation provided.
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