The Silk Road Studies team is led by Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies in the Discipline of Archaeology. The programme combines several individual research projects linked by their relevance to the history of the lands along the ancient Silk Roads. The team includes a group of international post-doctoral researchers, colleagues in international institutions and students at the University of Sydney.
Silk Road Studies have been integral to teaching and research in the Discipline of Archaeology at the University of Sydney since 1994 when the Karakalpak-Australian Expedition began its work in Uzbekistan, mainly on excavations at the Royal City of Akchakhan-kala, but also exploring the region more widely.
In Xinjiang a collaboration between archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and researchers from the University of Sydney has been studying the impact of the Eurasian Bronze Age on Xinjiang, and in Kashmir a collaborative team with staff at the Centre of Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir and archaeologists from the University of Sydney has been revisiting the Northern Neolithic in the Kashmir Valley.
The Silk Road Study group also holds archives from British excavations at Old Kandahar in Afghanistan (Society for Afghan Studies).