Lost Art from the Sands of the Kizilkum

3 February 2018

Join us for the first lecture in our 2018 Saturday series, Postcards from the Past, by Professor Alison Betts.

The Royal City of Akchakhan-kala has been under excavation by a team from the University of Sydney together with their Karakalpak colleagues for over twenty years. This magnificent mud brick fortress in far western Uzbekistan has held its secrets for over two thousand years until archaeologists began to unlock them. Hidden in the ruins of the site are magnificent paintings, created by long dead kings to promote and reinforce their power. They appealed to the gods to assist them and ordered the creation of massive images of their protective deities over six meters high to adorn their audience chamber. Other murals show magnificent animals, a multitude of portraits and a fantastic garden filled with beautiful flowers and wild creatures.  

The team has just returned from another highly successful season at the site and this talk will show how the city, its rich legacy of art, its kings and its people reflect elaborate ritual practices that form the foundations of one of the world’s great religions, Zoroastrianism.

Alison Betts specialises in the archaeology of the lands along the Silk Roads from the Near East to China. Her key interests lie in the study of nomadic peoples. Having worked extensively in eastern Jordan and Central Asia, she currently runs major field projects in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang.


This lecture series is sponsored by Academy Travel.

Event details

  • When: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Where:
    Nicholson Museum
    The Quadrangle 
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  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:
    Museum Reception
    T + 61 2 9351 2812
  • More info:
    Museum Opening Times:
    Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm
    The First Saturday of Every Month 12.00pm – 4.00pm
    Closed on Public Holidays and Other Saturdays.

  • Sponsored by:        Academy Travel


Lost Art from the Sands of the Kizilkum

Where
Nicholson Museum
The Quadrangle 
Find us on a Map
When

3 February 2018


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