In 1988, young archaeologist Caroline Wickham-Jones, armed with her camera and several rolls of 35mm colour slide film, journeyed by bus, boat, plane and train from Islamabad, Pakistan to Beijing, China. She recorded sites, cultures and landscapes with an inquisitive archaeologist’s eye, taking in some of the key places associated with the ancient ‘Silk Road’ to China.
It’s sobering to realize how much has changed since these images were captured. Landscapes, communities and sites have been altered or lost, or are under threat.
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This image collection was digitized thanks to a generous grant from the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. Many thanks to Caroline Wickham-Jones for sharing her wonderful slides with us. She is more usually found working on Scottish prehistory: visit her blog here to see her latest adventures.
Further reading: Peter Frankopan (2016) The Silk Roads: A New History of the World