Silk Road Lecture Series, Spring 2010-2011
The Orkhon Valley, Mongolia, a Center of Several Medieval Steppe EmpiresJan Bemmann Chair, Department of Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat, Bonn ANDThe Xiongnu—Archaeology of the First Steppe Empire in Central AsiaUrsula Brosseder Assistant Professor, Department of Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat, Bonn
--------------Archaeology in Mongolia today is revealing some of the most significant new evidence about the history of Eurasia, in part thanks to the intense involvement of Bonn University specialists with their Mongolian colleagues. Prof. Bemmann will provide an overview of the survey project begun in 2008 in the centrally important Orkhon River Valley using the latest technology for photogrammetric and geomagnetic measurements. He will also discuss restoration of artifacts (among them the oldest intact horse-head fiddle) found in at a very important early Turk Empire site in the Altai Mountains. As Dr. Brosseder will demonstrate, focusing on materials from the elite burials of the earliest steppe empire, that of the Xiongnu, there are substantial advances in our understanding of steppe societies and their long-range interactions.Prof. Bemmann has been directing several important collaborative research projects in Mongolia and was one of the organizers of the first International Conference on Archaeological Research in Mongolia in 2007. He helped to launch the Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology, and has co-edited key collections, including the first volume of reports from the German-Mongolian expedition at Karakorum, the medieval capital of the Mongolian Empire. Dr. Brosseder is currently editing a volume of papers from the first International Conference on Xiongnu Archaeology held in Ulaanbaatar in 2008 and for three years prior to that co-led the excavations of the French-Mongolian Mission at the Xiongnu period cemetery of Gol Mod, Mongolia.
Free and Open to the public.