Brian Cwiek "Excavating Turpan: An Archaeology of Xinjiang's Oasis Heritage" Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk
Brian Cwiek, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of Central Eurasian Studies and History, will be giving a talk entitled “Excavating Turpan: An Archaeology of Xinjiang's Oasis Heritage.”
"Famous for sweet grapes, an arid climate, and archaeological wonders, Turpan looms large on the itineraries of many travelers to Xinjiang seeking to experience the historical Silk Road. I will offer some tentative thoughts on the significance of the People's Republic of China's ongoing efforts to inscribe several sites in the Turpan area on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a crucial component of the Chinese Section of the Silk Road. In addition to promoting Xinjiang's tourism sector and enhancing the PRC's image as an avid promoter of cultural heritage, I suggest these recent efforts to manage Turpan's cultural resources should be understood in the context of the development of archaeology as a form of disciplinary knowledge in modern China."