Abstract: The World of Genghis Khan through Archaeology and History


Genghis Khan’s empire exploded out from Inner Asia in the 13th Century AD and reshaped the world.   The archaeology of the Mongol Empire demonstrates its antecedents, roots in Inner Asia and its unique aspects as a world empire. In addition to the wide array of primary historical information on the Mongol Empire, this lecture will present the ethnohistoric landscapes of Mongolia and particular new archaeological discoveries at sites from the imperial capital of Karakorum to the speakers own work documenting nomadic landscapes of the everyday citizens of the imperial core.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Morgan, David, 1986.  The Mongols. Blackwell.

Cleaves, Francis Woodman, 1982.  The Secret History of the Mongols. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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