We welcome contributions, which may be submitted either to the Silkroad Foundation at its address in California, or, better, sent directly to the current editor of The Silk Road:

Prof. Daniel C. Waugh
Department of History Box 353560
Smith Hall 315, University of Washington
Seattle, Wa. 98195 USA
e-mail: dwaugh@u.washington.edu
fax: 206-543-9451; tel.: 206-543-5790 (msg.); 616-8408 (direct)
(Be sure to indicate Prof. Waugh’s name on any faxes.)

The normal publication schedule is two issues a year, appearing in June and December. It is desirable, therefore, that material be received no later than early May for the June issue, and early November for the December one. Where we have enough lead time we are happy to print information that is time-sensitive (e.g., announcements about art exhibits or upcoming conferences); however we cannot guarantee production in a timely fashion.

Decisions regarding whether submissions are to be published are made by the editor in consultation with the Director of The Silkroad Foundation, members of its Board of Directors, and, as appropriate, academic specialists. Contributions should be in English and generally should not exceed 8000 words in length, including notes and bibliography. In normal circumstances, we will not accept unsolicited book reviews; however, you may ask the editor whether your reviewing a particular book would be acceptable.

Our newsletter is intended for a general readership. While it is important that contributions be well informed and be of interest to specialists, they should be written with a non-specialist audience in mind. This means, among other things, keeping footnoting to a minimum, using non-technical language, including transcription or transliteration of source texts only if essential to the reader’s understanding, and avoiding transliteration using diacritical marks. The production of the newsletter is by volunteers. Most of the editing and formatting is done personally by the editor. Be aware that the editor does take an “activist” stance in regard to clarity and style, but his preference would be not to spend a lot of time re-writing. He is not in a position to check all your facts and references. It is essential that submissions follow some standard rules in order to minimize time-consuming problems. In particular,

A northern Mongolian landscape on the road to Terelj

From the Editor | Archaeological Explorations of Bronze Age Pastoral Societies in the Mountains of Eastern Eurasia | On the Antiquity of the Yurt: Evidence from Arjan and Elsewhere | The Burial Rite: an Expression of Sogdian Beliefs and Practices | Palmyra as a Caravan City | The “Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road,” the “Silk Road” of Southwest China | Klavdiia Antipina — a Tribute to the Ethnographer of the Kyrgyz | Mongolia: a different view | British Library Symposium on “The Kingdom of Khotan to AD 1000: A Meeting of Cultures” | Guidelines for Contributors