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The Nara to Norwich team, our contributors and other guest scholars will be posting regularly about our latest activities, research activities, new books and more. Watch this space to view our behind the scenes content.

IASSRT Papers: A probable silk heirloom from Central Asia recovered from a late tenth-century house in Dublin

Following the IASSRT symposium, we are publishing a series of posts showcasing the papers most relevant to the Nara to Norwich project. This abstract is by Frances Pritchard on an unusual piece of silk thought to have been produced in Central Asia but discovered in Dublin.

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IASSRT Papers: Nahal Omer Middens as indicator for Networks of Trade along the Silk Road on the Edges of Europe: The Textile Evidence

Following the IASSRT symposium, we are publishing a series of posts showcasing the papers most relevant to the Nara to Norwich project. This abstract is by Orit Shamir and her colleagues, on silk fragments from south and east found in the eastern Mediterranean.

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IASSRT Papers: Non-Archaeological Silk Road Textiles in Japan: Reconsidering Fragments from the Shōso-in and Hōryū-ji

Following the IASSRT symposium, we are publishing a series of posts showcasing the papers most relevant to the Nara to Norwich project. This paper, by Oyama Yuzuruha, is on Silk Road textiles in Japan and was part of a panel organised and chaired by Melissa M. Rinne.

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Reconnections along the Silk Road: Restoring and Reconstructing Textiles from Afar: 7th Symposium of the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT)

In this post, Prof. Susan Whitfield introduces us to the 7th annual meeting of IASSRT which was held in the UK for the first time in October 2023. This conference provided an opportunity to extend the group’s horizons to the northwest edges of the Silk Roads.

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Warham Camp July 2023 – Archaeological investigations as part of the Later Prehistoric Norfolk Project

The Later Prehistoric Norfolk Project examines the similarities and differences between the extremities of Eurasia in prehistory and proto-history. In this post, Andy Hutcheson describes the excavations that took place at Warham Camp in July 2023 as part of The Later Prehistoric Norfolk Project.

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Christmas at Archaeological Sites

Before the arrival of Christianity, with its assimilation of previous beliefs and festivals, the period we now call Christmas, around the mid-winter solstice, was also an important annual event for people of many cultures and times. We can see from archaeology how deep this marking of the close of one year and beginning of the next goes back into the past.

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A visit to Asuka

Nestling in the foothills at the southern end of the Nara basin in Japan is the village of Asuka. This region, full of ancient tombs and temples, is the focus of the Japan chapter of our Nara to Norwich story.

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Welcome

Welcome to our inaugural blog, posted at the launch of our online exhibition, ‘Nara to Norwich: Arts and Beliefs at the Ends of the Silk Roads.’

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Andy Hutcheson (4) Arminghall (2) Asuka (2) Bede (2) Birka (3) Buddhism (6) Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson (3) Christianity (5) Christopher Scull (3) Conference (6) Dunhuang (2) Excavation (4) External Researcher (11) IASSRT (7) Katy Cubitt (3) Later Prehistoric Norfolk Project (2) N2N Team (9) Neil Price (2) Norfolk (2) Pope Gregory I (3) Related projects (9) Simon Kaner (4) Susan Whitfield (6) Swat valley (3) Uppsala University (3)