august listicle

LINK LISTICLE ON CENTRAL ASIA/SILK ROADS, BUDDHISM, CHINA, AND CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENt for your transition from summer to autumn Despite August being a month of holiday for many UK and European residents and many people elsewhere in the world either in various phases of lockdown or out on archaeological fieldwork (lucky dogs!), it has been busy online with webinars and tweets and oh, so many new publications. So, I’m publishing another listicle for your reading pleasure. This time I’ve limited the topics to Central Asia/Silk Roads, Buddhism, China, and climate/environment. First I wish to… Read More

Stella BICKELMANN

UCL, RESEARCH ASSISTANT Stella has a background in field archaeology. After completing her MA History of Art and/or Archaeology at SOAS in 2001, she worked on and supervised excavations in London for archaeological companies, including MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). Her interest in South Asian and Himalayan archaeology has led to her involvement in excavations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Her doctoral research studies the impact of climate change on the cultural heritage landscape of the Himalayan region of Ladakh, where she has collaborated with various heritage organisations since 2011. At CAAL… Read More

My Orientalist eye before and in progress

Planning a lengthy trip to Central Asia so: continuously looking for a charming boutique hotel with carved wood and beautiful carpets – why? What is wrong with staying in a hotel which looks like one you stayed in in Chicago, replete with tiny soaps? Central Asia is a new geographic and cultural landscape for me so naturally I desire it to be different. Keywords there: naturally and desire – I have already inherently framed a work trip in an exoticized, picturesque, Instagrammable beauty. Is this part of travel or just part of… Read More