John Ouellet, University of Groningen
Decolonizing the Endless Steppe: A Study of the Non-Linear Silk Road at Otrar
It is my intention to conduct a comparative study of the social, cultural, and economic conditions in Central Asia during the 6th to 10th century while using recently developed material science methods such as a portable XRF (pXRF) in an attempt to decolonize the way we look at the Silk Road and look at technological choice and exchange of know-how and ideas in zones which are highly dynamic in nature. I hope to use my knowledge of the Early Medieval and Islamic World to decolonize the way we look at coins and move beyond simple cataloguing and identification. I think coins have a lot of untapped potential that has not been looked at, and I want to look into how we can utilize coins better in archaeology.