silk-road

silk road

Flickr Photo of the Month: Trappings of Yingpan Man [Dec. 2010]
December 20, 2010 · 2 Comments

Trappings of Yingpan Man. 3rd – 4th century by cybertoad, on Flickr. Posted here with permission. There are some amazing photographers that wander the halls of HMNS, and when we’re lucky, they share what they capture in our HMNS Flickr pool. This month, we’re re-starting a series where we’ll share one of these photos on […]

The Silk Road: A Timeless Story
December 13, 2010 · Be The First To Comment

This blog entry deals with our current Secrets of the Silk Road exhibit. It connects several topics, all related to our current exhibit. We start with the stars at the center of the show: people, and the history of their presence in the region. Next topic: the stuff we humans carry with us and eventually […]

Secrets of the Silk Road: Trade
November 9, 2010 · 2 Comments

A rectangular piece of tapestry identified as coming from Sampul, in the Xingjian Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. When an archaeologist is asked what he or she does, a short answer might be: “we try to reconstruct past behavior using evidence coming from the material record.” In plain English, we look at a culture in […]

Of Chinese mummies, and a relative of a famous German WWI fighter pilot
October 22, 2010 · Be The First To Comment

While I was reading up on the archaeology of the Tarim Basin for our new exhibit, Secrets of the Silk Road, I kept thinking of “the artist formerly known as Prince.” Why? What in the world does he have to do with 4000-year old mummies? The answer is simple. There is one aspect he and […]

Camels of the Silk Road – Free Family Event! [Guest Post]
August 16, 2010 · 4 Comments

Editor’s Note: Secrets of the Silk Road opens in just two weeks! Join us opening weekend for a special, free family program: Camels of the Silk Road, from 12 – 4 pm. Camel connoisseur Doug Baum is bringing 6 camels to the Museum for a fascinating educational program. There will also be camel crafts for […]

Secrets of the Silk Road – Revealed! [Online Chat]
August 14, 2010 · 7 Comments

The Silk Road, a series of trade routes extending thousands of miles through which people, ideas and goods moved East to West, crossed high mountain ranges and extensive deserts. Its very existence is a testimony to mankind’s never-ending desire to explore. “The mummies on display in the Silk Road exhibit underscore the great antiquity of these […]

Secrets of the Silk Road: The Tarim Basin
August 12, 2010 · 2 Comments

As we prepare to host an exciting exhibit on Western China, one of the main attractions will be two mummies found in the Taklimakan desert. I anticipate that a lot of attention will be showered on the Beauty of Xiaohe and on a child mummy. In this blog I would like to talk about the […]

Secrets of the Silk Road – Coming Soon to HMNS!
April 1, 2010 · Be The First To Comment

Strikingly well-preserved mummies, tall in stature and fair in complexion, have lain in the parched Tarim Basin of western China for 3,800 years. Wearing Western-influenced textiles and possessing surprising technologies and customs, the identity of these extraordinary people is a mystery! Who were these people? Secrets of the Silk Road, a new HMNS exhibition, will […]



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