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SPECIAL SESSION

This year we are excited to announce a special session in Mandarin, which is intended to incorporate a new view on Indian Ocean archaeology and to expand our research community. The session is being led by Professor Derek Kennet and Dr. Ran Zhang, with the assistance of Yiying Li of the organising committee, and will be hybrid, that is it will be in-person and online.

This session has three key aims:

 

The first is to develop communication between Chinese scholars working on the archaeology of Indian Ocean trade from a Chinese perspective and scholars in other parts of the Indian Ocean, in particular Western scholars working in the western Indian Ocean. Up to the present such communication has been relatively limited.

 

The second is to explore and try better to understand the degree of Chinese engagement in and influence on Indian Ocean maritime trade through the ages, in particular from the Tang to the Qing periods, in both the western and eastern parts of the Indian Ocean.

 

A third is to try to improve our chronological resolution of the archaeological deposits from all parts of the Indian Ocean through the study of Chinese trade ceramics. They are a type of ceramic which can often be accurately dated, and are found relatively frequently across the whole Indian Ocean world, and therefore have a potentially important role in helping to co-ordinate chronologies across the whole ocean.

本次会议有三个主要目的。第一,从中国视角出发,发展从事印度洋贸易考古的中国学者与印度洋其他地区的学者,特别是从事西印度洋考古的西方学者之间的交流。目前,这种交流还较为有限。第二,探索和尝试更好地理解中国历代以来,尤其是唐代至清代,在东、西印度洋地区参与海上贸易的程度和影响。第三,通过对中国贸易陶瓷的研究,尝试提高印度洋各个地区考古堆积的年代学精度,因为中国贸易陶瓷是一种定年可能相当准确的材料,而在整个印度洋地区的发现都比较频繁,因此在帮助调整整个印度洋地区的年代学方面具有潜在的重要作用。

For any enquiries about this session please email info@iow-arch.com. To apply to present, please submit an abstract of 200 words maximum, and with a title, and 5 key words. This should be sent in English and Mandarin.