New Discoveries on Ancient Silk Road

A North-South trade route existed in Asia long before the East-West Silk Road appeared: many Chinese items such as mirrors and pieces of silk fabric were found in tombs in Southern Siberia. The Indus River also allowed the existence of a route from China –where the powerful Shule kingdom was located– to India and Pakistan. There are evidences that objects found in Thailand and Japan, such as coins and ornamental plates, were influenced by Chinese and Central Asian handicrafts as well.

Related Information

  • Era:
    IInd millenary B.C – 1st century B.C
    Language of article:

    The Culture Magazine of China, 1990

    Afghanistan, China, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Pakistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan

This platform has been developed and maintained with the support of:


UNESCO Headquarters

7 Place de Fontenoy

75007 Paris, France

Social and Human Sciences Sector

Research, Policy and Foresight Section

Silk Roads Programme

Follow us