Ancient DNA Reveals the Genetic Landscape of People Who First Settled East Asia

Scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated. Introduction The very first human beings originally emerged in Africa before spreading across Eurasia about 60,000 years ago. After that, the story of humankind heads down many different paths, some more well-studied than others. Eastern regions of Eurasia are home to approximately 2.3 billion people[…]

Beyond Frontiers: Ancient Rome and the Eurasian Trade Networks

Examining interactions and the exchanges in the Eurasian networks during the first centuries of the Roman Empire. By Dr. Marco Galli / 12.16.2016 Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology Sapienza University of Rome Abstract This research focuses on four relevant points. From a historiographical perspective, the reconstruction of the trading routes represented a central theme in the[…]

Ages of Commerce in Southeast Asian History

A brief critical survey of the development, implications, and limitations of the Age of Commerce paradigm in Southeast Asia. By Dr. David Henley Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies Leiden University Introduction Fernand Braudel classically proposed three interlocking historiographic time frames: the ‘history of events’, the history of cycles, and the longue durée or long duration.[…]

Yvette Borup Andrews: Photographing Central Asia in the Early 20th Century

“Young China”, featured in Camps and Trails in China (1918) / HathiTrust Digital Library Although often overshadowed by the escapades of her more famous husband (said by some to be the real-life inspiration for Indiana Jones), the photographs taken by Yvette Borup Andrews on their first expeditions through Central Asia stand today as a compelling contribution to[…]

Art of South and Southeast Asia before 1200 CE

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.24.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Early Indus Valley Civilizations 1.1 – Introduction 1.1.1 – Overview The Indus Valley Civilization was a Bronze Age urban civilization that existed from 3300–1300 BCE and covered most of present-day Pakistan and northwest India. Situated around the Indus River and the Ghaggar-Hakra River,[…]

Terracotta Fragments from the Lapita People

Terracotta fragments, Lapita people, c. 1000 B.C.E., red-slip earthenware, Santa Cruz Islands, south-east of Solomon Islands (Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) By Dr. Jane Horan / 01.01.2017 Expert in Cross-Cultural Leadership The Horan Group Archaeologists get very excited when they find pieces of Lapita pottery. Why? Because the sequential depositing of[…]