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

Volume 1

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077521

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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 1, Stein describes the problems of setting up the expedition and the excitement and perils of the route, which took him through the tribal areas of the North-West Frontier and the kingdom of Afghanistan, ending with his arrival at the western extremity of the Great Wall of China.

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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077521
    • length: 796 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • contains: 102 b/w illus. 3 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    M. Aurel Stein

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