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March 1, 2011, Volume 57, No. 24

Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity, March 19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. This public symposium at the Penn Museum is the first major event in over 15 years to focus on the history of the Silk Road and the origins of the mysterious Tarim Basin mummies. Since the last one was held at the Museum in 1996, new archeological discoveries and scholarly advances have been made, creating a need to critically reshape the very idea of the “Silk Road.”

Topics of discussion include ancient transportation and economies, the origins of early westerners in Central Asia, the excavations of textiles in Xinjiang, and a reinvestigation of the Tarim Basin mummies.

More info: www.penn.museum/events-calendar/details/354.html

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Infant mummy, ca 8th century BC. Excavated from Zaghunluq, Charchan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

Related: Update: March AT PENN

Almanac - March 1, 2011, Volume 57, No. 24