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Aurel Stein on the Silk Road
By: Susan Whitfield

Aurel Stein on the Silk Road

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Author: Susan Whitfield
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781932476118

Product Code: 12607

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 arch'ological 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.

Aurel Stein on the Silk Road, Susan Whitfield, Serindia, Hardcover, 2004, 144 pages, $35.00

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