British academy


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

Organised jointly with the British Museum

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.

Supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation