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Silk Road project

The Silk Road: Petra

An international multidisciplinary investigation

Innovative approaches to movement, exchange and areas of influence along the Silk Road.
 

 

Background

'The Silk Road', consisted of a number of ancient long-distance trade routes between Europe and China. It was a conduit for humans, languages, objects and diseases and is a fascinating example of international cross-boundary interaction that has mutually enriched the cultures of Eurasia and Africa for at least 2000 years. This led to the exchange of ideas that triggered new scientific and technological developments, and modified languages.

Overview

Building on the multidisciplinary investigations of Islamic glass and glazed pottery production in the Middle East (the Raqqa project, directed by Julian Henderson), which supplied the Medieval Silk Road, this multidisciplinary project approaches the movement, exchange and areas of influence along the Silk Road in innovative ways.

Research

Using a combination of archaeological, geographical, historical and scientific techniques (including chemical, isotopic and other techniques) we focus on the definitions of:

  • cultural nodes and provenance of materials
  • international trade
  • economic growth and decline

Publications

Hongjiao Ma, Jian Zhu, Julian Henderson and Naisheng Li 2012. ‘Provenance of Zhangzhou export blue-and-white porcelain and its clay source’, Journal of Archeological Science 39, 1218-1286.

Henderson, J. 2010. ‘The provenance of ancient man made glass: raw materials, and the use of chemical and isotopic analytical techniques’ in The provenance of man-made glass and obsidian, in eds. I. Liritzis and C. Stephenson, University of New Mexico Press, 185-201.

Henderson, J., Evans, J. and Barkoudah, Y. 2009.The roots of provenance: glass, plants and isotopes in the Islamic Middle East, Antiquity, 83, 414-429

Image gallery

Al Raqqa image

Al Raqqa image
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Jan 24, 2013

Petra silk road image

Petra silk road image
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Jan 24, 2013

Enamelled bottle

Enamelled bottle
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Dec 20, 2012

Halopeplis

Halopeplis
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Dec 20, 2012

Lustre bowl

Lustre bowl
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Dec 20, 2012
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Collaborative team

The team includes colleagues in a range of faculties in The University of Nottingham and in universities and government institutions, ranging from China to Western Europe.

  • Prof Dr Işik Adibelli, Ahi Evran Üniversitesi, Kirşehir,Turkey
  • Dr. Amridin Berdimurodov, The Academy of Sciences, Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Dr. Diego Calaon, University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy
  • Prof. Dr. Gan Fuxi, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Prof. Dr. Sauro Gelichi, University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy;
  • Professor Dr. Richard Hodges, President of the American University of Rome, Italy
  • The International Dunhuang Project (Director Dr. Susan Whitfield)
  • Prof. Dr Uzlifat Ozgumus, Doğuş University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Dr. Ravindra Nath Singh, Centre of Advanced Study, Banaras Hindu University, India

Research students

The following research students are focusing on production and trade in glass or Chinese ceramics along the Silk Road:

  • HongjioMa
  • Jingyi Shen
  • Siu Ieong
  • Thomas Smith 
Prospective research students are encouraged to contact Julian Henderson to discuss potential research proposals.

 

Research funding

The following institutions have funded aspects of the project

 

 

Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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