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2006: Northern and Southern Routes Seminar
2007: Sichuan Yunnan Seminar
2008: Liao Seminar
2009: Xinjiang Seminar
2010: Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, and Tibet Extension

Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009: June 22-July 14 (Xinjiang Seminar)

Project Summary

In 2009, the fourth Yale Silk Road Seminar focused on locations along the Northern Silk Road in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  The regions of Kashgar and Kucha (Kizil) epitomize the Buddhist and Islamic core cultures of the Tarim Basin.  These regions share a generally westward orientation of much significance to our understanding of Silk Road societies and cultural productions in the broader context of Eurasian geopolitics in both the historic and contemporary settings.  The seminar also included visits to sites in northern Xinjiang along the southern edge of the Altai Mountains on the border of Mongolia and Russia.  The intention of this aspect of the seminar was to delve into the nomadic cultures of Bronze Age Eurasia in a region that repeatedly gave rise to "golden hordes" whose influence was felt from China to Europe over at least two millennia. Browse all images from this seminar here.

Sites visited:

The Yale Silk Road Database is an ongoing project; currently, some sites are not represented.

Abakh Khoja Tomb 香妃墓: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Id Kah Mosque 艾提尕尔清真寺: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Karakul Lake 喀拉库勒湖: along the Sarykol Pamir

Tomb of Mahmud Kashgary: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Sunday Market Bazaar 星期天市场: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Mor Pagoda 莫尔佛塔: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Kashgar Old City 喀什市老城区: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Kizil (Qizil) Caves 克孜尔千佛洞: Kucha, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

A-ai Cave 阿艾石窟: Kucha, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Senmusaimu (Simsim) Caves 森木赛姆石窟: Kucha, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Subashi Ancient City 苏巴什古城: Kucha, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Kumutula (Kumtura) Caves 库木吐拉石窟: Kucha, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Iron Gate Pass 铁门关: Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Lotus-Flower Lake: Korla, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Urumqi Provincial Museum乌鲁木齐博物馆: Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Beiting Ancient City 北庭古城: Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Sanhaizi Grand Tomb 三海子墓葬及鹿石: Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Kanas Nature Preserve (Kanas Lake) 喀纳斯湖: Altai Mountains, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Zangyao Museum 藏药博物馆: Xining, Qinghai Province

Kumbum Monastery (Taer Temple) 塔尔寺: Xining, Qinghai Province

Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor) 青海湖: Qinghai Province

Selection of Images

Labrang Monastery, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Xiahe County, Gansu Province, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

Labrang Monastery, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Xiahe County, Gansu Province, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Abakh Khoja Tomb, Kashgar (Kaxgar), Haohan Village (Ayziret), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

Abakh Khoja Tomb, Kashgar (Kaxgar), Haohan Village (Ayziret), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

People's Plaza, Kashgar (Kaxgar), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

People's Plaza, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Kashgar Old City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Kashgar Old City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Sunday Market Bazaar, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Sunday Market Bazaar, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Kashgar Old City, Fruit sellers, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

Kashgar Old City, Fruit sellers, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Kazakh nomadic community, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region , Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Kazakh nomadic community, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region , Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Kanas Nature Preserve, Kazakh community, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

Kanas Nature Preserve, Kazakh community, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Nawa Muqam Theater, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

Nawa Muqam Theater, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Karakorum Highway - Subash Plateau, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Karakorum Highway - Subash Plateau, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Karakul Lake, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Karakul Lake, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Bolor Tagh (Eastern Pamir Mountains), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Bolor Tagh (Eastern Pamir Mountains), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Sanhaizi Grand Tomb, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009Sanhaizi Grand Tomb, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.

Permission to publish any image from this collection in print or on the Web is granted at the discretion of the relevant copyright holder and requests may be forwarded to the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University.  Site technical questions and comments may be e-mailed to the Visual Resources Collection, Yale University.

Mor Pagoda, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region . Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009 Mor Pagoda, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region . Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman. 
Labrang Monastery, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Xiahe County, Gansu Province, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009 Labrang Monastery, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Xiahe County,  Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.
Kashgar Old City, Bread vendor, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009

Kashgar Old City, Bread vendor, Yale Silk Road Seminar 2009, © Abbey Newman.