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H 290 x W 205 mm

238 pages

63 figures, 5 tables (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803274041

Digital: 9781803274058

DOI 10.32028/9781803274041

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This volume centres on how the exchange routes transformed the frontier regions of the Silk Road. In doing so, it utilises a range of methods to reach an archaeological interpretation of the factors that linked people with the environment; movements, settlements, and beliefs.



Introduction – Branka Franicevic and Marie N. Pareja


Part One: Human Mobility and Migration

Chapter 1: Global Interfaces and the Earliest Evidence for Afro-Eurasian Exchange – Marie N. Pareja


Chapter 2: Genomic Landscape of the Silk Roads: Have Animals Transformed
the Trade Routes? – Branka Franicevic


Chapter 3: Changing Peoples and Practices: Exploring the Role of Cross-Cultural Contact in the British Neolithic-Bronze Age Transition – Anna Bloxam


Chapter 4: The Role of Religion in Urban Form During the 7th and 8th Centuries AD at the Extremities of the Silk Roads – Andy Hutcheson and Simon Kaner


Chapter 5: The Period Stigma in Archaeological Studies: A Consideration of Beliefs, Customs, and the Silk Roads – Dulcie Sidney Daffodil Newbury and Karina Croucher


Part Two: Iconographic and Object-Based Inquiries

Chapter 6: Polyvalent Goddesses from the Silk Roads – Marie N. Pareja


Chapter 7: Interactions of Change: Pursuing Agentive Materials and Intangible Movements along the Silk Road Network – Sara Ann Knutson


Chapter 8: Sopara Port Site Typology and the Link with Maritime Trade – Emilia Smagur, Riza Abbas, Sitaram Toraskar and Andrzej Romanowski


Chapter 9: Wings Across the Silk Roads: The Art of the Flying Horse in Early China and Beyond – Robert A. Jones


Chapter 10: Chinese Ceramic Exchange in the Maldives and the Indian Ocean, AD 900-1900 – Ran Zhang


Chapter 11: Mycenaean Pottery and Pottery Technology as a Tool to Understand Social and Cultural Changes in the Ancient World – Iro’ B. Camici

About the Author

Branka Franicevic specialises in burial rites. Her research engages with key debates in archaeology and forensic science by questioning the impact of microbes on the degradation of the human body. Dr Franicevic received her Postgraduate Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and her MSc and PhD from the University of Bradford.

Marie Nicole Pareja received her PhD and MA in Art History from Temple University and her BA in classical studies from Indiana University. Her publications include one of the key Silk Road dating projects: ‘Monkey Business: New Evidence for Aegean-Indus Exchange’. She also has several forthcoming works on Aegean-Indus trade and connections.