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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:03 pm 
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Not sure if this post should be on the the ....exhibitions.. section of the forum or on books!

Ann Goodman sent me the following info for the forum:

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"Do you know the book by Elizabeth Wayland Barber, The Mummies of Urumchi, Norton and Co. New York, London, 1999? Mummies with red hair were discovered in Xingiang cemeteries covered in what may be Celtic plaids, dating from 1400 - 400 B.C. New discoveries are described in a fascinating article on the first page of the New York Times Science section on March 16, 2010. An exhibition of the finds from these cemeteries is now at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. Here is a copy of the blurb for the illustrated catalog ( http://shop.bowers.org/SelectSKU.aspx?skuid=1034580 ).

'SECRETS OF THE SILK ROAD - catalogue - $34.95

Pre-order your copy now and be among the first to receive this stunning catalogue that complements Bowers Museum's intriguing exhibition of the same title, "Secrets of the Silk Road", opening March 27th.

This Bowers publication is produced in association with the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum, and the Cultural Heritage Bureau of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This soft cover catalogue is lavishly illustrated, including color photographs of each of the objects in the exhibition, along with a list of object labels, a timeline of the Silk Road, and additional maps and diagrams. Edited by Victor Mair, Ph.D. With Contributions by: Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Ph.D., Lothar von Falkenhausen, Ph.D., Victor Mair, Ph.D., Spencer Wells, Ph.D.

Orders will be shipped beginning approximately April 1st.'

Best regards to all,
Ann Goodman"


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Thank you Ann for alerting us to this incredible exhibition! I was aware of these discoveries a few years ago, but did not realize that a traveling exhibition had been put together. For those who have not heard of these archaeological discoveries, it should be noted that they have significant importance to the study of textiles, and especially to studies of human migration and trade patterns as far back as 2000BC or earlier, and possible theories about cultural relationships. This link has more information: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Tarim_mummies

The mummies were found around the Tarim Basin and along the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert- a remote area in NW China and not only were their textiles plaid, but of a twill weave, which was fairly sophisticated for the time, and not a technique used locally in NW China. Dr. Irene Good's website http://www.ancientcloth.org/ sheds some welcome light on the discoveries. I particularly like what she says about the importance of ancient textiles:

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...the study of cloth holds a privileged place. Cloth, as well as its production and exchange, are topics of central cultural importance, and have been noted as such in ethnographies from the very beginnings of anthropology... This is because it is universal practice that social groups and social stations within groups are marked by cloth, clothing and modes of dress. The way we live and how we identify ourselves are most intimately connected with what we wear. How cloth is made and of what it is made each contribute to the symbolic potency of the material; thus our ability to recognize these factors in degraded archaeological cloth fragments is of utmost value in interpreting their social meanings.


More about the exhibit can be found here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=cp_hogmkrfh228&show_article=1 It is the first time these amazing artifacts have left China, and the exhibition runs at the Bowers through July 25, then goes to the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Aug. 28 to Jan. 2, 2011, then the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from Feb. 5 to June 5 of 2011, and a fourth site is under consideration.

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Hello All-
I'm just wondering if any of you out there went to see this amazing exhibition? It would be great to get a report back. If anyone's in Houston, it's moving there in the end of July- January 2011. I'm tempted to make a special trip back just for this!

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The Bowers Museum presents a landmark exhibition of more than 150 objects from the rich collections of the Museum of Urumqi and the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology reveals some surprising details about the people who live along the ancient Silk Road, Anderson. Gayle was live in Santa Ana at the Bowers Museum of exposure of the secrets of the Silk Road, a landmark exhibition of 150 objects from the rich collections of the Museum of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology Urumqi.

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