Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities

The Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities publishes articles by scholars worldwide on all aspects of prehistoric, ancient and classical East Asia and adjacent regions, including archaeology, art, and architecture; history and philosophy; literature and linguistics; and related fields.

Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 81

Book release: Bulletin of the Museum of Eastern Antiquities 81

The National Museums of World Culture are finally ready to release the long awaited Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities number 81.
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That travellers, material goods, and innovations have moved over Eurasia along a network of roads and paths through history is visible in the archaeological material. Since the 19th century these historical networks are sometimes referred to as the Silk Roads, a term with its own history worth exploring, as is the question of what investments were needed before a traveller could set out along these roads. These are the themes of Bulletin of the Museum of the Far Eastern Antiquities number 81 – listen to some of the authors here: 


Contributions seriously engaging contemporary critical thought in the humanities and social sciences are especially welcome.

All contributions, for general issues as well as for special thematic issues, are peer-reviewed. The BMFEA Editorial Advisory Board mainly consists of scholars based at European centers for Asia research.

The editor of BMFEA is Eva Myrdal, senior researcher, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm (National Museums of World Culture)

E-mail: bmfea@ostasiatiskamuseet.se or


The first 27 volumes of BMFEA are now available online at Internet Archive.

BMFEA 82 will be published October 2021.

BMFEA 81: Asia and Scandinavia – New perspectives on the Early Medieval Silk Roads was published in December 2020, and contains the following articles:

EVA MYRDAL. Editor’s Preface. Asia and Scandinavia: New perspectives on the Early Medieval Silk Roads

SUSAN WHITFIELD. The Expanding Silk Road: UNESCO and BRI

CHARLOTTE HEDENSTIERNA-JONSON. With Asia as neighbour: Archaeological evidence of contacts between Scandinavia and Central Asia in the Viking Age and the Tang Dynasty

EVA ANDERSSON STRAND. Travelling with textiles: Production, consumption, and trade in the Viking Age

TONG TAO. Ancient Silks from Western Tibet

ANNIKA LARSSON. Asian Silk in Scandinavian Viking Age Graves: Based on the boat- and chamber graves in the Eastern Mälar Valley

GUO WU. An overview of ancient amber artefacts excavated in China

JANKEN MYRDAL. Transmission of technology along the Silk Road: Theoretical reflections and three examples


BMFEA 79-80, a double volume, was published in the spring of 2020, and contains the following articles:

MARTIN SVENSSON EKSTRÖM. Editor's Preface: Sino-methodological Remark on the Metaphor of Metaphora and the Limitations of the "Conceptual Metaphor Theory"

ARMIN SELBITSCHKA. The Pitfalls of Second-hand Information: On the Traditionalist Dogma in Chinese Excavation Reports

MICHAEL NYLAN. Han Views of the Qin Legacy and the Late Western Han "Classical Turn"

DINU LUCA. Self-inscriptions: On Textual Figuration in Sima Qian and Ban Gu

DAVID HOLM. A Layer of Old Chinese Readings in the Old Zhuang Script

NICOLAS STANDAERT. Comprehensive Histories in Late Ming and Early Qing: The Genealogy of the Gangjian 綱鑑 Texts

DAVID PANKENIER. A Chinese Mythos of Mantic Turtles, Yu the Great, Number, and Divination

SOPHIA-KARIN PSARRAS. The Xiongnu and the West

GÖRAN SOMMARDAL. Twice Reading No-One, For example: Liu Xie & Aristotle



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