Movable Heritage and Artefacts along the Silk Roads

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Ancient jewellery discovered at archaeological sites along the Silk Roads, objects found in burial chambers and religious buildings, sculpted stones, all sorts of art objects, rare books and manuscripts, seals and ancient coins, textiles and fine furniture, ancient musical instruments, illustrations, stamps, fossils - all of this heritage reflects past and present creativity along the historic Silk Roads. This movable heritage is of great importance, providing a window into the daily lives of people on these routes, their work and livelihoods, their religious devotions, and their leisure activities, as well as helping to preserve the cultural identity of the communities that produced these objects.

The Silk Roads online platform presents this heritage, currently situated in museums throughout the world, both in countries along the Silk Roads and beyond.

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List of movable Heritage and Museums alongside the Silk Roads

The Silk Roads on the Map

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

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