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05 July 2010

Strabo Route as a Part of the Great Silk Road

Proceedings of the International conference Baku, November 28-29, 2008,
[International Institute for Central Asian Studies - IICAS], Samarkand-Tashkent 2009.
This compilation presents the proceedings of an international academic conference entitled 'The Strabo Route as a Part of the Great Silk Road', which took place in Baku on 28-29 November 2008. The conference was launched at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences as a part of a larger international project aimed at complex studies of the issues related to the functioning of the first transcontinental trade route in the history of the world.
* Alimova Dilorom, Rtveladze Edward, Abdurasulov Ulfat (Uzbekistan)
Central Asia-Transcaucasia-Rome: of the significance of the Amudarya water route via the Caspian sea to Transcaucasia
* Farda Asadov (Azerbaijan)
The Rus' on the Caspian Sea and on the Great Silk Road in the middle of 9th - beginning of 10th century
* Ilyas Babayev (Azerbaijan)
Archaeological traces of the Great Silk Road in Azerbaijan
* Murtazali Gadjiyev (Russia, Dagestan)
Strabo on the caravan trade of the Aorses
* Qoshqar Qoshqarli (Azerbaijan)
Strabo Route studies in Azerbaijan
* Omar Davudov (Russia, Dagestan)
The Caspian inshore trade routes and archaeological materials
* Vilayat Kerimov (Azerbaijan)
Architectural monuments of the north-west province of Caucasian Albania on the Great Silk Road
* Sergey Klyashtorniy (Russia)
The Road to Serindia: The itinerary of Strabo-Apollodorus and the Periplus of the Southern Seas
* Rauf Melikov (Azerbaijan)
On the participation of the tribes of ancient Azerbaijan in international trade
* Irada Najafova (Azerbaijan)
Strabo on the role of the Caspian Sea in international trade
* Marek Jan, Olbrycht (Poland)
Strabo and the mysterious Ochos - rivers of Central Asia and northeastern Iran in antiquity
* Shakir Pidayev (Uzbekistan)
Commercial and cultural connections of Bactria-Tokharistan with Khorezm (Antiquity and Middle Ages)
* Claude Rapin (France)
Strabo on the trade route from India to the Pont Sea:
Between the mirage of cartography and the reality of archaeology
* Maya Rasulova (Azerbaijan)
Numismatic information about the Transcaucasian arterial route
* Sevda Suleymanova (Azerbaijan)
"The Caspian Gates" in the Albanian province of Lpinia
* Yusuf Yakubov (Tajikistan)
Strabo on the rocks of Sogdia and Bactria during the time of Alexander of Macedonia's invasion

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01 July 2010

Tang Shipwreck [from the Maritime Silk Route]
Maritime Silk Route
National Geographic Magazine, June 2009
Tang Shipwreck
By Simon Worrall
Photograph by Tony Law
A 1,200-year-old shipwreck opens a window on ancient global trade.
Heavy with Chinese cargo, the ship that sank off Belitung in the early ninth century was an Arab dhow. The wreck gives scholars an unprecendented time capsule of enterprise on the Maritime Silk Route, for centuries the nexus of international trade. Catching seasonal monsoon winds, merchants and mariners linked the Middle East to China through India and ports of call in between.

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