Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Mummies of Ürümchi: Textiles in Time

Elizabeth Barber

Local archaeologists working in Chinese Turkestan have uncovered numerous naturally mummified and spectacularly clothed bodies of Caucasians dating to the Bronze Age, 3000 - 4000 years ago. Since little besides clothing was put into the graves, Dr. Elizabeth Barber (one of the few experts on prehistoric textiles) was invited to accompany an expedition from the University of Pennsylvania to Western China to help determine facts about these displaced westerners.

Recorded at the 2007 Maiwa Textile Symposium on October 12, 2007
Posted December 2007