Origins of the Silk Roads

Date: 

Oct 24, 2018, 6:00 pm
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Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Chinese vessel. Anonymous gift in memory of Oric Bates (‘05) through Langdon Warner, 1926. ©President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 26-50-60/D2663
Chinese vessel. Anonymous gift in memory of Oric Bates (‘05) through Langdon Warner, 1926. ©President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 26-50-60/D2663

Free Public Lecture

Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Approximately 4,000 years ago, the peoples of China and Eurasia gradually began to develop networks of interaction and exchange that radically transformed the cultures of both regions. These networks eventually gave rise to the Silk Road trade routes connecting the East and West. Rowan Flad will examine the archaeological evidence—from the Qijia Culture of Northwest China—that documents the agricultural, metallurgical, and technological innovations that resulted from the earliest trans-Eurasian exchanges, and how studies of the Silk Road origins are being reinvigorated by China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.

Lecture. Free and open to the public. Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.