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Seminars and Events 2016
2016 Petrie Oration


Thursday 25th August 2016, 5pm



Kingship and the Gods in Ancient Khorezm: new light on the early history of Zoroastrianism


Presented by Professor Alison Betts

University of Sydney


The subject: Excavations at the Royal seat of Akchakhan-kala in north-west Uzbekistan have revealed remarkable architecture and mural art that radically changes our current view of the early historical development of one of the world's great religions, Zoroastrianism.


The Lecturer: Alison Betts is Professor of Silk Road Studies at the University of Sydney.

She is an Adjunct Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir. Over the past thirty-five years, she has led archaeological field expeditions across the length of the old Silk Roads from the Middle East through Central Asia to China and the western Himalayas. Her current projects include in-depth study of ancient Khorezm and research into the birth of the Silk Roads through fieldwork in Xinjiang and Kashmir.


Venue: Australian Institute of Archaeology, Terrace Way, McLeod
(La Trobe University, Building EC/TER 11, Melways 873-4)

Thursday 25 August, 2016 at  5.00pm 

Contact:  Christopher Davey - 0421 595 966

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