SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Ilse Timperman

MA Sinology (KU Leuven University, Belgium) MA Archaeology (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
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Overview

Ilse Timperman
Name:
Ms Ilse Timperman
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Thesis title:
Early Niche Graves in the Turfan Basin and Inner Eurasia
Year of Study:
PhD thesis under examination
Internal Supervisors

Biography

  • 2012–2013: Senior Teaching Fellow and course convener 'Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road', MA course (SOAS, University of London).
  • 2010–2011: Curator Far Eastern Collections, Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG/ MRAH), Brussels.
  • 2009–2010: Curator exhibition ‘Zoon van de hemel/ Fils du Ciel’ (Son of Heaven), together with Jean-Paul Deroches (Musée Guimet, Paris). Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar), Brussels.
  • 2007: Lecturer Chinese Archaeology (Palaeolithic - Han), BIHCS/ IBHEC, Brussels.

PhD Research

This PhD analyses mortuary variability at Yanghai and the Turfan Basin to understand the emergence of niche graves around 200 BCE and its significance in an Inner Eurasian context.

Publications

  • Timperman, Ilse. ‘Continuity and Discontinuity in Burial Practices of the Early Niche Grave Population of Yanghai in the Turfan Basin’. In: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2014 (CHNT 19, Vienna, 2014) (Nov. 2014). Ed. by Museen der Stadt Wien Stadtarchäologie. Vienna: Museen der Stadt Wien Stadtarchäologie, 1–14.
  • Timperman, Ilse. ‘Jade, ritueel and prestige in het Neolithicum (ca. 3500-3300 v.C.)’. In: Zoon van de Hemel (Fils du Ciel). Ed. by Jean-Paul Desroches and Ilse Timperman. Catalogue exhibition, Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, 10/Oct/2009 – 24/01/2010. Brussels: Mercatorfonds 2009, 31–41.
  • Panhuysen, Raphaël and Ilse Timperman. ‘The Cemetery, Physical Anthropological Report’. In: Deir al-Baramus 1995–2005. Ed. by Karel Innemée. (Work in progress).

Conferences

  • June 2016: ‘The Emergence of Niche Graves in the Turfan Basin’. 7th International Conference for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA)‘. Harvard/Boston, USA.
  • November 2014: 'Early Niche Graves in the Turfan Basin (c. 300 BCE–300 CE): A Critical Approach to Data Mining'. Session 'Archaeological anthropological and forensic recording and analysis of human/animal remains'. Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies CHNT 19, Vienna.
  • May 2014: 'Early Niche Graves in the Turfan Basin (c. 300 BCE–300 CE):  Yanghai: A Case Study'. Conference 'Connecting the Silk Road. Trade, People & Social Networks'. Hermitage Amsterdam & Leiden University.
  • September 2013: 'Early Niche Graves in the Turfan Basin (c. 300 BCE–300 CE):  Yanghai: A Case Study'. Turfan Academy, Turfan & Xinjiang Archaeological Institute, Urümqi (PRC)
  • November 2011: 'Early Niche Graves in the Turfan Basin (c. 300 BCE–300 CE):  Yanghai: A Case Study'. ‘Archaeology of the Southern Taklamakan: Hedin and Stein’s Legacy and New Explorations’, an international conference organised by IDP (International Dunhuang project), The British Library and SOAS, London. 
  • 2014–2015: Organiser and convener of `The Silk Road: Border Crossing’, a series of duo-lectures at the Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG/ MRAH).

Affiliations

  • 2014–2015: President, Institute for Advanced Chinese Studies (BIHCS/IBHEC) Brussels.

Research

Research interests: Pre-, proto- and early historic archaeology of China (especially Xinjiang) and Eastern Central Asia; mortuary archaeology; group identities of pastoralist communities; physical anthropology;  GIS; R