British academy

CONFERENCE

After Alexander: Central Asia Before Islam
Themes in the history and Archaeology of Western Central Asia

23-25 June 2004
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1

Until Perestroika there was limited Western awareness of the rich and varied cultures of Central Asia, an essential Eurasian link zone. The break up of the Soviet Union and the resulting independence of the Central Asian republics led to a number of international initiatives, while current events have resulted in an increased awareness of the area's strategic and economic importance. This conference brings together Russian, Central Asian and Iranian scholars with researchers from America and Europe to explore specific topics focussing on the oasis cities of Western Central Asian and their links with Iran.

Organised jointly with the British Museum
Supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation


PROGRAMME

23 June 2004

9.00

Coffee and registration

9.45

Welcome and Introduction
Georgina Herrmann

Session 1: Introduction: Steppe and City

10.00

Central Asia: West and East
John Boardman, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford [ABSTRACT]

10.45

Nomads and the Shaping of Central Asia
Claude Rapin, Université de Lausanne [ABSTRACT]

11.30

Coffee

12.00

Money as a Marker of Cultural Continuity and Change in Central Asia
Joe Cribb, The British Museum [ABSTRACT]

12.45

Discussion

13.00

Lunch

Session 2: Money and Exchange

14.00

Some Questions Regarding the Numismatics of Pre-Islam Merv
Natasha Smirnova, Pushkin Museum, Moscow [ABSTRACT]

14.45

Ardashir's Eastern Campaign in the Light of the Numismatic Evidence
Michael Alram, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna [ABSTRACT]

15.30

Discussion

16.00

Tea

16.30

Monetary Circulation in Ancient Tokharistan
Edvard Rtveladze, Institute of Art History, Tashkent [ABSTRACT]

17.15

Money in Eastern Central Asia before AD800
Helen Wang, The British Museum [ABSTRACT]

18.00

Discussion

18.30

Reception at the British Museum in the Department of Coins and Medals

24 June 2004

Session 3: Invasion and Defence

9.00

The Fortifications of Parthian and Sasanian Gobekli
G Koshelenko, Academy of Sciences, Moscow [ABSTRACT]

9.30

Fortifications at Merv (Gyaur-Kala) after Alexander
Vladimir Zavyalov, Institute for History of Material Culture, St Petersburg [ABSTRACT]

10.00

Franz Grenet, Francois Ory, and Jonathan Lee

10.30

Discussion

10.45

Coffee

11.15

Gorgân and Dehistan: the North-East Frontier of the Iranian Empires
Oliver Lecomte, CNRS, Paris [ABSTRACT]

11.45

Nomad Migration in Central Asia
Kasim Abdullaev, Institute of Archaeology, Samarkand [ABSTRACT]

12.15

Nomad Arms and Armour
Osmund Bopearachchi, CNRS, Paris [ABSTRACT]

12.45

Discussion

13.00

Lunch

Session 4: Urban Development and Life

14.00

The Digital Reconstruction of Ai-Khanum
Guy Lecuyot, CNRS, Paris [ABSTRACT]

14.30

The Culture of Nisa between Steppe and Empire
Antonio Invernizzi, Department of Archaeology, University of Turin [ABSTRACT]

15.00

The Planning of the Sogdian Cities
G. Semyenov, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg [ABSTRACT]

15.30

Termez on the Oxus
Pierre Leriche, CNRS, Paris [ABSTRACT]

16.00

Discussion

16.15

Tea

16.45

What the Surkhan Darya oblast tells us about Bactria
Sebastian Stride, University of Barcelona [ABSTRACT]

17.15

The Bullae of Gobekli
Vasily Gaibov, Institute of Archaeology, Moscow [ABSTRACT]

17.45

The Archaeological Map of Middle Zeravshan Valley
Maurizio Tosi, Barbara Cerasetti, Simone Mantellini and Bernardo Rondelli [ABSTRACT]

18.15

Discussion

18.30

Reception at the British Academy

25 June 2004

Session 5: The Movement of Ideas

9.00

Religious Symbols and Coins
Vesta Curtis, The British Museum [ABSTRACT]

9.30

The Fire Temple at Tash-k’irman-tepe, Chorasmia
Alison Betts, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney [ABSTRACT]

10.00

Discussion

10.15

Coffee

10.45

The Discovery of a Tower of Silence of the Sasanian period at Bandiyan
Mehdi Rahbar, 'Iran-Bastan' Museum, Tehran [ABSTRACT]

11.15

Buddhism and Buddhist Art of Bactria-Tokharistan: Excavation at Kara-tepe
Tigran Mkrtychev, Oriental Art Museum, Moscow [ABSTRACT]

11.45

Discussion

12.00

Concluding Remarks
Frantz Grenet, CNRS, Paris

12.30

Lunch

14.00

Conference ends