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Ruins of Desert Cathay
Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077545

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  • In this two-volume work, published in 1912, the Hungarian-born archaeologist Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943) describes his second expedition to the deserts of Chinese Turkestan in 1906–8. (His account of his first expedition, Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan (1903), is also reissued in this series.) Stein intended this account to be read by non-specialists, and, like his previous book, it is highly illustrated and full of interesting details about his journey and the people he met en route, as well as of the important archaeological discoveries which still link his name with the civilisation of this remote and dangerous area. In Volume 2, Stein describes the discovery of the caves near the great trading post of Dunhuang which contained - walled up and almost perfectly preserved - manuscripts, sculptures, silk cloths, and the Diamond Sutra, the earliest complete and dated example of a printed book, hidden by Buddhist monks nine hundred years previously.

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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077545
    • length: 786 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 116 b/w illus. 5 colour illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    50. Ruins en route to Tun-huang
    51. First halt at Tun-huang
    52. To the 'Caves of the Thousand Buddhas'
    53. A difficult start from Tun-huang
    54. By the ancient wall north of Tun-huang
    55. Discovery of Han records
    56. To the Nan-hu oasis
    57. Ancient remains for the future
    58. First excavations along the western limes
    59. Reconnaissances along the ancient wall
    60. Discoveries by the 'Jade Gate'
    61. The great magazine of the limes
    62. On the western flank of the limes
    63. Records from an ancient watch-station
    64. Return to the 'Thousand Buddhas'
    65. First opening of the hidden chapel
    66. A walled-up library and its treasures
    67. Buddhist pictures from the hidden chapel
    68. large paintings and other art relics
    69. A polyglot temple library
    70. Decorative art at the 'Thousand Buddhas'
    71. At An-hsi, the 'West Protecting'
    72. The ruins of Ch'iap-tzu
    73. The 'Valley of the Myriad Buddhas'
    74. In the mountains of the westernmost Nan-shan
    75. By the gate of the 'Great Wall'
    76. At Su-chou and its 'spring of wine'
    77. Through the Richthofen range of the Nan-shan
    78. Across the To-lai-shan range
    79. From the Su-lo Ho sources to Kan-chou
    80. From Kan-chou to the T'ien-shan
    81. At the Hami oasis
    82. Glimpses of Turfan ruins
    83. Kara-shahr and its old sites
    84. From Khora to Kuchar
    85. In the 'sea of sand'
    86. In a dead delta
    87. Salt marsh or ice?
    88. By the new Keriya river-bed
    89. More Taklamakan ruins
    90. From Ak-su to Yarkand
    91. Preparations at Khotan
    92. In the gorges of Polur and Zailik
    93. To the Yurung-kash glaciers-sources
    94. Across Tibetan plateaus
    95. On an old mountain track
    96. The search for the Yangi Dawan
    97. From the Kun-lun to London

  • Author

    M. Aurel Stein

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