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Monday, September 7, 2015

[Conference] Asia and Scandinavia: New Perspectives on the Early Medieval Silk Roads

Date: 
11 September 2015

Venue: 
Östasiatiska museet/The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Sweden

The early medieval trade routes of Eurasia reached its northwestern outpost in Scandinavia. The symposium takes archaeological material from investigations in east Scandinavia as a starting point and opens the research field toward the east, through present-day Russia and Central Asia, to meet current Silk-Roads-related research in China.



Program:

09.00-09.15 Eva Myrdal, “Early medieval Silk roads in Eurasia - an introduction”

09.15-09.45 Susan Whitfield, Key-note, “Re-visiting the Silk Road: Scholarship and Scepticism”

09.45-10.15 Charlotte Hedenstierna Jonsson, “Scandinavians, the Eurasian Steppe and Beyond. Archaeological evidence of contacts between Scandinavia and the East during the Viking Age”

Coffee/tea break

10.45-11.15 GUO Wu, “The Amber artifacts found in ancient China”

11:15-11.45 JIANG Bo, “Maritime Trade of the Tang Dynasty: from the Underwater Archaeological Perspective”

Lunch break

13.00-13.30 TONG Tao, “The Silks and Silk Route in Western Tibet”

13.30-14.00 Eva Andersson Strand, “Travelling with textiles - use, trade and exchange”

14.00-14.30 Annika Larsson, “Vikings dressed in Asian silk. 2000 textile finds from the boatgraves in Valsgärde, eastern Sweden”

14.30-15.00 Janken Myrdal, “Transmitting everyday technology along the Silk Road – the plunge churn as an example”

Coffee/tea break

15.15-15.45 LI Jinxiu, “An Jinzang - A descendant of a chieftain from the State of An in Tang Times”

15.45-16.15 Cecilia von Heine, “Islamic coins found in Sweden”

16.15-16.45 Karl-Johan Lindholm, “The Missing Link? Resource colonisation and trade in First Millennium inland Scandinavia”

16.45-17.45 Concluding discussion

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