Recent Library Acquisitions: Journals

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Recent acquisitions to the AIIT library include several new issues of journals to add to our exisiting holdings. Although not currently accessible in the library, many of these journals latest issues are available in electronic form. Afghanistan : Volume 3, Issue 2, October 2020 –  journal of The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, dedicated to the cross-cultural study of Afghanistan and its surrounding regions, delving into its rich history from a wide variety of humanities-focused angles. The journal covers all subjects in the humanities including: history, art, archaeology, architecture, geography, …

7th Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology: an online success

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By Alessandro Ceccarelli and Cameron Petrie On Saturday 5 December 2020, the first ever online version of the Allchin Symposium was hosted in Cambridge. In keeping with the tradition of the event, scholars at various stages of their careers, usually based in the UK, presented their papers in front of an audience of their peers, but the new online format made it possible to diversify both the speakers and the audience. Rather than a limit imposed by the size of a room at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, hundreds …

Phased reopening of the Trust Library

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We are delighted to announce a limited reopening of our library in accordance with Public Health England advice. To make things as safe as possible for readers and staff, a number of measures will be put in place, including social distancing. In the first instance, we will only be open to researchers who need to access specific collection items. Use of our reading rooms will be restricted to readers who have pre-booked material and an appointment time. We regret that it is not possible at this stage to reserve general …

A new Bactrian inscription from Jaghori, Afghanistan

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Bactrian, the main administrative language of pre-Islamic Afghanistan, is unique amongst the languages of the Iranian family in being written in a script derived from Greek, a legacy of the conquest of the region by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE. Until recently, the Bactrian language was almost unknown. Over the last 25 or 30 years, however, nearly 200 Bactrian documents written in cursive Greek script on parchment, cloth or wood have gradually come to light. Most of these documents have been edited and translated by our Chair …