This presentation will provide an early summary of results from this summer's excavations at the Aray Caravanserai site. This caravanserai or road-inn was a node in the late medieval world trade network, which intersected the Armenian Highlands and connected Europe and the Far East. As the presentation will discuss, local sites such as the Arai caravanserai are interesting because they connect this large scale trade with questions of local politics and social life during the medieval period.
Kathryn Franklin, PhD Candidate
University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology
2 September 2011
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS RA
Charents Str. 15
Kathryn Franklin is a senior graduate student at the University of Chicago in the Department of Anthropology. For the last four years she has worked in Armenia in connection with the joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Transcaucasian Societies (ArAGATS). Kathryn's research focuses on political economy of the late medieval period, specifically the links between local highland perceptions of politics and long distance trade. This research is fueled by a wider interest in trade as a cultural practice, and in the history of the Armenian highlands.
This event is co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS RA, Project ArAGATS, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
For more information, please see www.arisc.org or https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=270650042947803
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
c/o Ian Lindsay
Dept. of Anthropology
700 W. State St., Suite 219
West Lafayette, IN 47907 Visit the website at http://www.arisc.org
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