By Dashu Qin, Jian Yuan

As key nodes that attached historic silk routes traversing China, Japan and India, buying and selling hubs, cities and towns in Java and Sumatra and different locations in Asia have been key vacation spot issues for retailers, clergymen and different itinerants plying those routes.

fresh archaeological excavations in nations bordering the South China Sea and round the Indian Ocean unveiled amazing similarities in artifacts recovered either on land and from the ocean. The similarities underlined the numerous features of local exchanges and cross-cultural affects between humans and areas in those networks. the various findings point out a special chinese language presence within the advertisement, social and non secular actions of those early Asian buying and selling posts.

This booklet collects papers from the symposium on historical Silk exchange Routes — pass Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia. It explores numerous threads bobbing up from this neighborhood alternate of products and concepts, specifically, the cross-cultural dimensions of the exchanges within the components of fabric exchange, ceramic routes, buying and selling hubs, arts and artifacts and Buddhism.

Readership: teachers, undergraduate and graduates scholars, execs drawn to historic silk routes, archaeology, Buddhism, Borobudur, and ceramics exchange.

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Hedin’s description of his expedition across the Taklamakan and his survival with only two local men and two camels left is a fearful one which Hedin sadly called his death march. Later Sir Aurel Stein and his caravan found Lou-lan exactly where Hedin’s map of 1900 plotted it. Several days of digging in the ruins produced more wood tablets bearing ancient Chinese writings and also Kharosthi tablets similar in language to those Stein had found at Niya. In these texts the name of the town was rendered as Kroraina, an indigenous form from which the Chinese counterpart Lou-lan has come as per the more restrictive rules of Chinese phonology.

Indd 47 12/9/2014 5:13:49 PM b1840 Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Fig. 7: Fig. 01. L. C 07, a, b; 2000/10/25. This lozenge shaped felt pad (Fig. 9) has embroidered silk on top. The finds from the Silk Route now housed in various museums have embroidered fabrics, garments and other end products in abundance. These fabrics were completely hand embroidered in running design from which garments were sewn.

Silk was a very common currency used in China from the Warring States period (475–221 BC) and by the mid third century BC. There was a standard unit of textile money, which has an equivalent value in coin. The plate (Fig. indd 41 12/9/2014 5:13:37 PM b1840 Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Fig. 1: Bolts of Silk, 3rd to 4th century; Stein 2nd expedition, L: 33 cm and W: 16 cm.

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