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@The Culture and History of the Silk Road

The last of five lectures:
gRuins in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Chinah

Mr. Kazuya Yamauchi
Head, Regional Environment Section
Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation
National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan

March 8th, 2014

Mr. Yamauchi as giving the lecture

MWU is holding a series of lecture titled gThe Culture and History of the Silk Roadh inviting five foremost experts as lecturers. This time, we asked archaeologist Kazuya Yamauchi of National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, to give a lecture as titled above.

The lecture began with the geographical explanation of three major routes of the Silk Road, i.e. gNorthern route of Tian-shan Mountainsh, gSouthern route of Tian-shan Mountainsh and gSouthern route along southern edge of Taklamakan Deserth followed by the introduction of the ruins in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Mr. Yamauchi described the various ruins introducing the conditions of restoration and preservation based on his experience. The ruins introduced included Kizil Gaha Beacon Tower, which is said to date back to Qianhan Period (over 2,000 years ago), ruins of Gaochang, which is associated with Xuanzang, the old city of Jiaohe, both located in outskirt Turpan, Site of Bashbaliq City, Kizil caves, the largest of the caves in the Uyghur region, and Subashi ruins, the largest Buddhist temple in Kuqa. Mr.Yamauchi ended the lecture suggesting the need to see the Silk Road in a comprehensive way not only from the aspect of trade route but also from that of peoplefs life and natural surroundings.

A scene of the lecture
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