The Historian 161: The Silk Roads

The magazine of the Historical Association

Published: 11th May 2024


4 Letters – Ask The Historian

5 Editorial (Read article)

6 The ‘Silk Roads’: the use and abuse of a historical concept – Susan Whitfield (Read article)

14 From Norwich to Nara: reflections on Silk Road connections – Simon Kaner (Read article)

20 Sutton Hoo and long-distance contacts – Andy Hutcheson (Read article)

24 Digging the dirt on The Dig – Laura Howarth (Read article)

30 Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury (602–690): the Middle Eastern refugee who transformed the English church – Catherine Cubitt (Read article)

36 Iron Age Scandinavia and the Silk Roads: a new frontier – Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and Neil Price (Read article)

40 A probable silk heirloom from Central Asia recovered from a late tenth-century building in Dublin – Frances Pritchard (Read article)

47 Barikot’s apsidal temple: an early Buddhist urban shrine in Outer Gandhara – Luca Maria Olivieri (Read article)

54 Reconciling historical accounts and archaeological remains: wells, trade, and well-trodden paths in the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan – Paul Wordsworth (Read article)

58 Living on the Silk Roads: Voices from Dunhuang: An exhibition at the British Library, 27 September 2024 – 23 February 2025 – Mélodie Doumy (Read article)

60 Out and About in Chelsea’s hidden gardens – Peter Coles (Read article)

64 Real Lives: Miss F.M.G. Lorimer (1883–1967) – Helen Wang (Read article)

68 My Favourite History Place: Bulguksa Temple, Korea – Yoon-jeong Cha (Read article)

71 Reviews

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Cover image: View of the Swat Valley from the west south west: Barikot hill in the centre.

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