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Aurel Stein on the Silk Road

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Title:Aurel Stein on the Silk Road


Author:Susan Whitfield

Publisher:Serindia Publications

Publish Year:2004

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:History | Trek/Travel/Travel account


Remarks:Colour and B&W Photographs, Maps, Glossary, Notes, Bibliography and Index.


Size:250 x 250 mm


Price:USD 42.50

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  • In 1900 a secret sealed-up cave was discovered by a Daoist priest among the many caves dotting the cliff face at Dunhuang, an oasis town on the Silk Road. Its entrance had been plastered over and disguised but, when opened, it was revealed to be crammed with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, printed documents and paintings. The sheer volume and exceptional condition of the finds, preserved in the desert climate since the early eleventh century, excited international archeological and popular interest. In 1907, Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1942), a Hungarian-born explorer employed by the British in India, was the first foreigner to gain access to the secret cave archive at Dunhuang. His expeditions, published in full in the 1920s, made him a celebrity whose intrepid exploits helped to reveal the long-forgotten history and exotic geography of the Silk Road.

    Susan Whitfield

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