To Celebrate 30th Anniversary of UNESCO Silk Road Project, a Webinar was hosted under the Cooperation of UNESCO World Heritage Center & Hangzhou’s Xinyou Archive Center of China National Silk Museum in July.

Participants who shared their Silk Road stories included Dr Mechtild Rossler, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, Professor Li Xiguang from Tsinghua University, An Jiayao, a scientist from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Lin Meicun from Peking University and Professor Liu Yingsheng from Nanjing University.

In July 1990, UNESCO launched the “Expedition of the Silk Road” in Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. It heralded a new chapter of archaeological research, explorations and excavations related to the Silk Road Network.

There were five main expeditions between 1990 and 1995 into deserts, steppes and mountains, making great advances in geology, archaeology and meteorology of the Silk Road.

“The Silk Road has left countless cultural heritages to humans, especially the inclusive, open and mutual-benefit spirit. UNESCO has carried forward the spirit for years and will continue to boost cultural research in the future,” said Shen Yubiao, Director of the Science and Culture Department of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO.

In 2014, the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A cavalcade of Chinese professionals, including webinar attendees, made a great contribution to the inclusion.

During the three-hour online meeting, they shared their research experiences in these expeditions. Some showed precious photos and archives that witnessed the bravery and persistence of the scientific explorations.

Zhao Feng, the curator of the China National Silk Museum, proposed a digital archive of the Silk Roads Project during the meeting to preserve cultural heritage better & longer in future.

The Museum is going to digitise all Silk Road documents and upload them to a database, aiming to provide scientists with convenience and rare archives in learning and research. On July 20, Professor Liu donated archives that recorded his three expeditions to the Museum.

Author: Wu Huixin