CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: East meets West along the Maritime Silk Route

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Okuma Small Auditorium / Okuma Memorial Hall, Waseda Campus
(1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, TOKYO)

2-3 July 2009
1st day 2 – 6 pm, 2nd day 9am – 6pm
It is the purpose of this symposium to examine the trading dynamics of the maritime silk route from the Hellenistic period in the west until the time just prior to the rise of the Mongol Empire in the East. The aim is to cross disciplinary boundaries and bring together scholars from the fields of Egyptian, Classical, Byzantine, Indian and Asian maritime history and archaeology, in order to examine the longue duree of trade along the maritime silk route. It will attempt to document the ebb and flow of trade, consider the changing natures of cargoes over the years and assess the relative importance of this trade to communities of merchants, shippers, manufactures and consumers at the stops along the route through which goods passed on their way from east to west or west to east.

The Fourth conference of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at University of Oxford is jointly organised with the Institute of Egyptology, Waseda University. Fifteen papers will be given by a group of international scholars from Europe, America and Asia. It will lead to the publication of a monograph on this topic.
For further information:

Or alternatively, please contact:
Dr Damian Robinson ( at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG, UK


Symposium Secretariat in Japan
Tsukiji Eto Bldg., 5F, 1-12-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045 Japan
Tel: +81-3 3524-3132 Fax: +81-3-3524-3135