The process of globalisation describes the changes and developments that took place as individual groups began to interact and inter-connect with their neighbours. Steger, in his 2010 work Globalisation defines it as the expansion and intensification of social relations and consciousness across world-time and world-space. To this, archaeologists would add the diffusion of material objects and ideas from group to group, often, as it turns out, with some rapidity over long distances. The past few decades have seen a growth in archaeological research into the prehistory of Eurasia, Central Asia and Western China, the heartlands of the ancient Silk Roads, revealing the story of the earliest faint connections between East and West in the Bronze Age, gradually consolidating through the Iron Age to emerge as the trade routes of Empires in the time of Roman and Han domination in West and East respectively.

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