讲座题目：Studies of Silk Road glass and Chinese glazes
讲座人: Pro. Julian Henderson
Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham
地点：长安校区 致知楼B段 三层报告厅（2307）
The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. It was a conduit for humans, languages, objects and diseases and is a fascinating example of international cross-boundary interaction that has mutually enriched the cultures of Eurasia and Africa for at least 2000 years. It led to the exchange of ideas that triggered new scientific and technological developments, and modified languages. This academic report shows the origin, evolution and spreading of ancient Chinese glass technology. It displays that a wealth of data contributed by Chinese and foreign experts regarding the history and background, visual characteristics and chemical compositions of the unearthed ancient glasses from along the Northern (Oasis) Silk Road, especially from the Xinjiang Province (known as the “Western Region” in ancient times). This report also illustrates new results of the studies on ancient glasses along the Southern and Sea Silk Roads, and discusses the influence of the Silk Road on ancient Chinese glass technology and art.
Julian Henderson started his Postdoctoral research at Smithsonian Institution of Washington D.C. in USA in 1984. And then, he joined the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art of the Oxford University from 1985 to 1991. Currently, his research has been broadly concerned with the archaeological and scientific characteristics of ancient materials, especially vitreous materials and ceramics. Moreover, his research focuses on ancient technology in ancient social, economic and political contexts. The AHRC, British Academy and Max van Berchem Foundation funded Raqqa (Syria) ancient industry project, which he directed, involves archaeological excavations of a 2km long early Islamic industrial complex of 9th-12th century date. Also, Professor Henderson was in charge of research work and published more than 100 research publications and papers in the relevant research fields.