Aug. 21-Dec. 8, 2012

Grass Routes

Grass Routes: Pathways to Eurasian Cultures (Galleries I-III) August 21-December 8, 2012

The Miami University Art Museum and a collaborative team of University faculty and students in History, Anthropology and Archeology, Botany and Zoology announce an exciting exhibition for this Fall titled “Grass Routes: Pathways to Eurasian Cultures”. This exhibit features ancient bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation through an exploration of Eurasian nomadic cultures. While traveling through the galleries, visitors will learn about the region and the diversity of its people, plants, animals and art.

A symposium organized by Professor Dan Prior of Miami University’s Department of History, titled The Steppes: Crucible of Eurasia, will offer a two-day (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) academic opportunity for increased learning about the Eurasian Steppes. Programs throughout the semester will include lectures, student forums and a bronze-making demonstration.SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE WITH ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS

The Steppes: Crucible of Eurasia
A Symposium at the Miami University Art Museum
801 South Patterson Drive, Oxford, OH 45056
November 29-December 1, 2012
Organizer: Daniel Prior, Department of History (
Version: November 26

Friday, November 30
9:45-10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
10:00-11:20 a.m. Claudia Chang & Perry Tourtellotte, Sweetbriar College – “Landscapes of Power and Elite Settlement at the Cusp of the Saka and Wusun Periods in Semirech’ye: The Talgar Case Study”
Jean-Luc Houle, Western Kentucky University – “Empire and Domestic Economy: Continuity and Change in Mongolia’s Bronze and Iron Age Archaeological Landscape“
11:20-11:40 a.m. Break
11:40-1:00 p.m. Lois Hale, Portland, Oregon – “A Recreation of a Pazyryk Pouch”
Leland Rogers, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University (lelroger<at> Ancient DNA from the Elite Xiongnu at Ögiinuur Sum, Arkhangai, Mongolia
1:00-2:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m. Student Poster Session I
2:30-3:50 p.m. Michael Drompp, Rhodes College – “Political Dimensions of Religion in Early Medieval Inner Asian Empires”
Christopher Atwood, Indiana University – “The Appanage Community: A New Model for Understanding Social Structure in the Pre-Modern Mongolian Plateau”
3:50-4:10 p.m. Break
4:10-5:30 p.m. Robert Wicks, Miami University – “Bird-Headed Antler Tines: Stability and Change in Ancient Eurasian Art”
Trudy Kawami, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation – “The Image of the Coiled Feline in the Eurasian Steppes”
Saturday 12/1
10:00-11:20 a.m. Sergey Minyaev, Russian Academy of Sciences – “Ordos Style Bronzes in Russia: New Discoveries”
William Honeychurch, Yale University (co-authors: James Lankton, Chunag Amartuvshin) – “Silk Roads or Steppe Roads: Gobi Evidence for Mediterranean Goods in the Xiongnu Polity”
11:20-11:40 a.m. Break
11:40-1:00 p.m. Yihong Pan, Miami University – “Locating Advantages: The Survival of the Tuyuhun 吐谷渾 State on the Edge (300-580s)”
Aleksandr Naymark, Hofstra University – “Sogdiana–Mawarannahr: The Life on the Edge of the Steppes”
1:00-2:30 p.m. Student Poster Session II
2:30-3:50 p.m. Kenneth Lymer, Wessex Archaeology Ltd. – “Animals Entangled in Art: The Lives of Zoomorphic Imagery in Central Asia during the 1st Millennium BCE”
Katheryn Linduff, University of Pittsburgh – “Belt Buckles: Metallurgical and Iconographic Markers of Distinction”
3:50-4:10 p.m. Break
4:10-5:30 p.m. Daniel Prior, Miami University – “Integral or Incidental? Indo-European Mythic Fragments in Inner Asia”
Edward Vajda, Western Washington University – “Between Forest and Steppe: Language and Ethnicity in Early Inner Asia”