Blown across the Sea: Glass along the Maritime Silk Road

Lecture | October 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Sanjyot Mehendale, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

This lecture will highlight the results of underwater surveys of a 2000-year-old shipwreck uncovered off the coast of the small fishing village of Godavaya, Sri Lanka. The ship's cargo of glass ingots, among other objects, will be the starting point of a discussion on the movement of glass raw materials and finished objects along the intertwined maritime and overland trading networks commonly referred to as the Silk Road. In particular, the talk will focus on the implications of this evidence for archaeological analysis of early patterns of globalization.

Sanjyot Mehendale is Chair of the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, at UC Berkeley. An archaeologist specializing in cross-cultural connections of early Common Era Eurasia, she teaches on Central Asia in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.