The Dahuting Tomb (Chinese: 打虎亭汉墓, Pinyin: Dahuting Han mu; Wade-Giles: Tahut\'ing Han mu) of the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), located in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, was excavated in 1960-1961 and contains vault-arched burial chambers decorated with murals showing scenes of daily life. (source: Wikicommons)
Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

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Excavating Vagnari: the Emperors' Agricultural Estate

The speaker will discuss the finds and ongoing research of the 2017 Vagnari archaeological excavations which took place at the Vagnari site in Puglia, Italy. Her participation in the student excavation program formed part of her Betty Fletcher Memorial Traveling Scholarship project, which was awarded to her in 2017 by the University. The Vagnari site was an estate of the Roman Emperors, used for agricultural production, and is one of the few detailed archaeological studies on Roman imperial agricultural property. The ongoing excavations at the site hope to re-evaluate the chronology of the area and further develop scholarship on agricultural production and trade in Imperial Rome.

Trade between the Roman Empire and China, 206 BC to 220 AD

The speaker will address the topic under the following headings:

History and Sources of Han Dynasty China; History and Sources of Rome in the period of the Han Dynasty; Trade Embassies to Rome; Chinese Expeditions to the West and Embassies to China; Archaeological discoveries; Some major items listed as imports and exports.