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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. As well as locating the western extremity of the Great Wall of China, Stein discovered the caves near the great trading post of Dunhuang which contained - walled up and almost perfectly preserved - manuscripts, sculptures, painted silks and other materials hidden by Buddhist monks nine hundred years previously.
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- Date Published: September 2014
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108077552
- length: 1582 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 154 x 96 mm
- weight: 2kg
- contains: 218 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 3 maps
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface
1. Between Hydaspes and Indus
2. Through Swat and Dir
3. Across the Lowarai
4. In Chitral
5. Through Mastuj
6. On the Darkot Pass
7. In Afghan Wakhan
8. To the source of the Oxus
9. From Sarikol to Kashgar
10. At Chini-Bagh, Kashgar
11. To Yarkand and Karghalik
12. Stay at Kök-yar
13. Along the foot of the Kun-lun
14. My return to Khotan
15. To the Nissa glaciers
16. On the Otrughul glacier
17. In the Karanghu-tagh mountains
18. A feast at Khotan
19. By the desert edge of Khotan
20. The shrines of Khadalik
21. Sites around Domoko
22. To Keriya and the Niya river
23. At the Niya site ruins
24. Records from a hidden archive
25. Last days at a dead oasis
26. To the Endere river
27. From the Endere ruins to Charchan
28. Along the Charchan river
29. At Vash-shahri and Charklik
30. Start for the Lop desert
31. Across an eroded dry delta
32. First excavations at the Lop-nor site
33. Survey of the ancient station
34. Records from an ancient rubbish heap
35. Discovery of art remains
36. Across the desert to the Tarim
37. By the Tarim and Charchan Darya
38. The ruined fort of Miran
39. Finds of Tibetan records
40. Ancient temples of Miran
41. A dado of angels
42. The frescoes of Miran
43. A cycle of festive figures
44. Mural painting of Buddhist legend
45. The start for Tun-huang
46. On old travellers' tracks
47. The last of the dry Lop-nor
48. A strange old lake bed
49. First glimpse of an ancient frontier. Volume 2:
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
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