East and West: Past and Future

2012 CSC Annual Workshop

Eastwest-Annual-Workshop group photo

The 2012 CSC annual workshop took place from 16-18th May.

The presented papers focused on two themes: Connections between China and the West: Bronze; and Iron Ages and the Connections between China and the West: Later Periods. The final chaired discussion considered the future establishment of new research collaborations and questions of heritage management.

The keynote speech which took place on the third day titled, Challenges in Afghan Heritage Management: War and Post-war Development, was given by Dr Abdul Wasey Feroozi, former Director General of the National Institute of Archaeology of Afghanistan.

The workshop was attended by 16 participants from 12 institutions spanning China (Xinjiang Normal University; Jilin University; CASS), Australia (University of Sydney, Macquarie University; Monash University; ANSTO; Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management), Northern Ireland (Queen’s University, Belfast) and North America (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia), France (Maison de l’Archéologie et d l’Ethnologie René Ginouvès,  Nanterre), with 15 papers presented over the 3 day workshop.

The outcome of the workshop will be collated into a book titled, East and West: Exploring Early Encounters.

Papers presented included:
• Shifting exchange patterns during Bronze Age and Iron Age between China and the West in Eurasia (Henri-Paul Francfort, Maison de l’Archéologie et d l’Ethnologie René Ginouvès, Nanterre)

• The Andronovo in Xinjiang; new discoveries from excavations at Adunqiaolu cemetery (Cong Dexin, CASS)

• Modelling cultural transmissions: how ideas crossed the mountains(Alison Betts,University of Sydney)

• Recent Progress of Multi-disciplinary Studies on Xiaohe Culture, Xinjiang, China (Yidilisi Abuduresule, Formerly of the Xinjiang Institute of Relics and Archaeology)

• The Northern Cemetery and Its Relationship to Small River Cemetery No. 5
(Victor Mair,University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)

• Tokharian origins (James Mallory, Queen’s University, Belfast)

• Study of Prehistoric cemeteries in the upper Yili River, Xinjiang, China (Liu Xuetang,
Xinjiang Normal University)

• Prehistoric plant use in Xinjiang based on starch analysis (Peter Jia, University of Sydney)

• Populations in Ancient China from a Physical Anthropological Perspective (Zhu Hong, Jilin University)

• Unravelling Farming and Metallurgy in Ancient Northwest China with Nuclear Science (John Dodson, ANSTO)

• The Xiongnu Huns of Ancient Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang and their impact on Western Europe (Hyun Jin Kim, University of Sydney)

• Early Settlements in the Kashgar Oasis (Antonia Vicziany, Zhu Xuan and Angelo Andrea Di Castro, Monash University)

• Preserving the cultural heritage of Kashgar through improved mapping and spatial modelling (Uri Gilad, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management)

• A Preliminary Discussion of the Sogdian Influence on Eastern Uighur Architecture (Lyndon Arden-Wong, Macquarie University)

• Made for Europe and transhipped at Jakarta: the so-called Batavia Ware from 18th Century Kilns in Jingdezhen, China and possible influence from Islamic ceramics of the Middle East(Li Baoping, University of Sydney)


Closing keynote speech:
Challenges in Afghan Heritage Management: war and post-war development

Abdul WaseyFeroozi
Former Director General, National Institute of Archaeology of Afghanistan