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Secrets of the Silk Road

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Secrets of the Silk Road

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Secrets of the Silk Road

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By ekcampbell - Jun 16 2011
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These are stellar videos! Thanks for providing these. Audio and video components are top quality. The information is fantastic, I want to keep learing more about the Silk Road. I would love a suggested reading list. I'm pretty upset that I missed this exhibit. I'm making it a point to never again miss another Penn Museum exhibit.

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
5
1
0
0
1

Superb!

By ekcampbell - Jun 16 2011
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These are stellar videos! Thanks for providing these. Audio and video components are top quality. The information is fantastic, I want to keep learing more about the Silk Road. I would love a suggested reading list. I'm pretty upset that I missed this exhibit. I'm making it a point to never again miss another Penn Museum exhibit.
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Secrets of the Silk Road

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Secrets of the Silk Road

Rank #1: The Xinjiang Textiles: More Corridors in the Goldmine

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Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber is a Professor Emerita of Archaeology and Linguistics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is a curatorial consultant to the exhibition, Secrets of the Silk Road.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 15 2011

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Rank #2: Indo-European Dispersals and the Eurasian Steppe: Research Agendas

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Dr. J.P. Mallory is a Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

49mins

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Rank #3: The Silk Road in Late Antiquity: Politics, Trade, and Culture Contact between Rome and China, 300-700 CE

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Peter Brown is a Professor of History and the Director of the Program in Hellennic Studies at Princeton University.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

38mins

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Rank #4: Closing Remarks: Reconfiguring the Silk Road

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Wang Binghua is the Director Emeritus of the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology in the Xinjiang Uigher Autonomous Region in China.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

59mins

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Rank #5: At the Limits: Long Distance Trade in the Time of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Kings

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Dr. Joseph Manning is the William K. and Marilyn Milton Simpson Professor of Classics and History at Yale University.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

43mins

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Rank #6: Secrets of the Silk Road: The Qianling Mausoleum

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Walk through the Tang dynasty tomb of Emperor Gaozong and his empress, the infamous Wu Zetian, with the Penn Museum's Senior Registrar, Dr. Xiuqin Zhou.

Jun 13 2011

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Rank #7: Secrets of the Silk Road: A Bazaar in Urumqi

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With the Penn Museum's Chief of Staff Jim Mathieu and Senior Registrar Xiuqin Zhou, experience the sights and sounds of a present-day bazaar in the city of Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region.

Jun 13 2011

1min

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Rank #8: Secrets of the Silk Road: Introduction

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Contributing Curator Victor Mair introduces the landmark exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road at the Penn Museum February 5 - June 5, 2011.

Find out more at http://www.penn.museum/silkroad

Jun 13 2011

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Rank #9: Secrets of the Silk Road: Behind the Scenes with the Penn Museum's Exhibits Department

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Get a brief glimpse into the development of the interactive features for the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition with the Penn Museum's Exhibits Department.

Jun 13 2011

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Rank #10: Secrets of the Silk Road: Xuan Zang and Buddhism

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The Penn Museum's Keeper of the Asian Collections, Stephen Lang, discusses the Buddhist monk Xuan Zang and the Silk Road.

Jun 10 2011

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Traveling the Silk Road Today

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Take a magic-carpet ride along the length of the most storied of ancient trade routes, the Silk Road, with Colin Thubron, one of the world's greatest living travel writers. Mr. Thubron describes his journey of some 7000 miles-by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart, camel, and foot-out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, which led to his bestselling book, Shadow of the Silk Road.

Colin Thubron is Britain's most distinguished travel writer, an award-winning author whose books cover Asia and Russia. His first books were about the Middle East-Damascus, Lebanon, and Cyprus. In 1982 he traveled in the Soviet Union, pursued by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his great travel books on the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Among the Russians (1983); Behind the Wall: A Journey through China (1987), which won the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; The Lost Heart of Asia (1994); In Siberia (1999), Shadow of the Silk Road (2006); and most recently, To a Mountain in Tibet (2011).

Mr. Thubron has also written several novels, including Emperor (1978), set in A.D. 312; A Cruel Madness (1984), winner of the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award; Falling (1989); Turning Back the Sun (1991), a haunting tale of love and exile; Distance (1996); and To the Last City (2002), which tells the story of a group of travellers in Peru.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1969 and currently its president, Colin Thubron is a regular contributor and reviewer for The Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and The Spectator. In 2007, he was appointed a CBE by Queen Elizabeth.

Aug 08 2011

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The Northern Cemetary

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Victor Mair is a Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the curatorial consultant and catalog editor for the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibit.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jul 06 2011

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Horseback Riding and Bronze Age Pastoralism in the Eurasian Steppes

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David W. Anthony, Professor of Anthropology and Anthropology Curator of the Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, presents "Horseback Riding and Bronze Age Pastoralism in the Eurasian Steppes" at the Penn Museum's symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity."

Jun 21 2011

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Before Silk: Unsolved Mysteries of the 'Silk Road'

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Colin Renfrew, Disney Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and former Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK presents "Before Silk: Unsolved Mysteries of the Silk Road."

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 15 2011

1hr

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Seeds for the Soul: East/West Diffusion of Domesticated Grains along the Inner Asian Mountain Corridor

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Michael D. Frachetti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 15 2011

46mins

Play

The Xinjiang Textiles: More Corridors in the Goldmine

Podcast cover
Read more
Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber is a Professor Emerita of Archaeology and Linguistics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is a curatorial consultant to the exhibition, Secrets of the Silk Road.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 15 2011

38mins

Play

Indo-European Dispersals and the Eurasian Steppe: Research Agendas

Podcast cover
Read more
Dr. J.P. Mallory is a Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

49mins

Play

The Silk Road in Late Antiquity: Politics, Trade, and Culture Contact between Rome and China, 300-700 CE

Podcast cover
Read more
Peter Brown is a Professor of History and the Director of the Program in Hellennic Studies at Princeton University.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

38mins

Play

Closing Remarks: Reconfiguring the Silk Road

Podcast cover
Read more
Wang Binghua is the Director Emeritus of the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology in the Xinjiang Uigher Autonomous Region in China.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

59mins

Play

At the Limits: Long Distance Trade in the Time of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Kings

Podcast cover
Read more
Dr. Joseph Manning is the William K. and Marilyn Milton Simpson Professor of Classics and History at Yale University.

The symposium "Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity" was held in March 2011 at the Penn Museum in conjunction with the major exhibit from China, "Secrets of the Silk Road." The symposium was 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 milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archaeological discoveries and scholarly advances had been made, creating the need to critically reshape the very idea of the "Silk Road."

Jun 14 2011

43mins

Play

Secrets of the Silk Road: The Qianling Mausoleum

Podcast cover
Read more
Walk through the Tang dynasty tomb of Emperor Gaozong and his empress, the infamous Wu Zetian, with the Penn Museum's Senior Registrar, Dr. Xiuqin Zhou.

Jun 13 2011

Play

Secrets of the Silk Road: A Bazaar in Urumqi

Podcast cover
Read more
With the Penn Museum's Chief of Staff Jim Mathieu and Senior Registrar Xiuqin Zhou, experience the sights and sounds of a present-day bazaar in the city of Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region.

Jun 13 2011

1min

Play

Secrets of the Silk Road: Introduction

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Read more
Contributing Curator Victor Mair introduces the landmark exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road at the Penn Museum February 5 - June 5, 2011.

Find out more at http://www.penn.museum/silkroad

Jun 13 2011

5mins

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Secrets of the Silk Road: Behind the Scenes with the Installation Team

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How are museum exhibits constructed? Take a behind the scenes tour of the installation of the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition.

Jun 13 2011

1min

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Secrets of the Silk Road: Behind the Scenes with the Penn Museum's Exhibits Department

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Get a brief glimpse into the development of the interactive features for the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition with the Penn Museum's Exhibits Department.

Jun 13 2011

1min

Play

Secrets of the Silk Road: Xuan Zang and Buddhism

Podcast cover
Read more
The Penn Museum's Keeper of the Asian Collections, Stephen Lang, discusses the Buddhist monk Xuan Zang and the Silk Road.

Jun 10 2011

4mins

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Secrets of the Silk Road: Tang Taizong's Noble Steeds

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An introduction to the Penn Museum's famous Tang dynasty horse sculptures with the University of Pennsylvania's East Asian Languages and Cultures graduate student, Sarah Laursen.

Jun 10 2011

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Secrets of the Silk Road

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Contributing Curator Victor Mair introduces the landmark exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road at the Penn Museum February 5 - June 5, 2011.

Find out more at http://www.penn.museum/silkroad

Jun 10 2011

1min

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Interview with Victor Mair for Expedition magazine

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Mar 02 2011

31mins

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Secrets of the Silk Road Promo Video

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Sep 24 2010

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iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Superb!

By ekcampbell - Jun 16 2011
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These are stellar videos! Thanks for providing these. Audio and video components are top quality. The information is fantastic, I want to keep learing more about the Silk Road. I would love a suggested reading list. I'm pretty upset that I missed this exhibit. I'm making it a point to never again miss another Penn Museum exhibit.