For Kids and Families
Bring the food, crafts, and science of the Silk Road into your home! Create dough twists, felt, mummies, and other objects inspired by those on view in the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition with these step-by-step projects.
Great Adventures along the Silk Road
First Wednesday of every month from October to June
Secrets of the Silk Road Symposium
Reconfiguring the Silk Road: New Research on East-West Exchange in Antiquity
March 19, 2011
This public symposium was the first major event in over fifteen years to center on the history of the Silk Road and the origins of the mysterious Tarim Basin mummies. Since the last milestone conference was held on the topic at the Penn Museum in 1996, new archeological discoveries and scholarly advances have been made, creating a need to critically reshape the very idea of the “Silk Road.” Major topics of discussion include ancient transportation and economies, the origins of early westerners in Central Asia, the excavations of textiles in Xinjiang, and a reinvestigation of the Tarim Basin mummies. Distinguished speakers include David W. Anthony, Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Peter Brown, Michael D. Frachetti, Philip L. Kohl, Victor Mair, J.P. Mallory, Joseph G. Manning, and Colin Renfrew.