Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan: Personal narrative of a journey of archaeological and geographical exploration in Chinese Turkestan

Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan: Personal narrative of a journey of archaeological and geographical exploration in Chinese TurkestanSir Aurel Stein 1862 1943 Was A Hungarian British Archaeologist, Primarily Known For His Explorations And Archaeological Discoveries In Central Asia He Was Also A Professor At Indian Universities.Stein Was Also An Ethnographer, Geographer, Linguist And Surveyor His Collection Of Books And Manuscripts Taken From Dunhuang Caves Is Important For The Study Of The History Of Central Asia And The Art And Literature Of Buddhism He Wrote Several Volumes On His Expeditions And Discoveries Which Include Ancient Khotan, Serindia And Innermost Asia.Stein S Sand Buried Ruins Of Khotan, Is A Personal Narrative Of His Indiana Jones Like Journey Of Archaeological And Geographical Exploration In Chinese Turkestan During 1900 And 1901, Which Resulted In Many Most Important Antiquarian Discoveries Dr Stein Has Some Interesting Pages On The Tibetan Invasion And Occupation Of Eastern Turkestan In The Eighth Century A.D.The Idea Of Archaeological Work About Khotan First Suggested Itself To M Stein In The Spring Of 1897, In Consequence Of Some Remarkable Antiquarian Acquisitions From That Region And By The Discovery Among The Papers Left By The Distinguished French Traveller, M Dutreuil De Rhins Of Fragments Of Ancient Birch Bark Leaves, Which Had Been Acquired In The Vicinity Of Khotan These Proved To Be A Buddhist Text In An Early Indian Script And Language, And Were Soon Recognised As The Oldest Indian Manuscript Then Known, Going Back By The First Centuries Of Our Era.Later On Fragments Of Paper Manuscripts, Ancient Pottery And Similar Relics Came Into The Hands Of Russians And English Agents In Central Asia And Found Their Way Into Various Museums While These Materials Accumulated, No Reliable Information Was Ever Forthcoming As To The Exact Origin Of The Finds Stein Writes The Ruined Sites Explored By Me Have Than Justified The Hope Which Led Me To Khotan And Into Its Desert Scattered Over An Area Which In A Straight Line Extents For Than Three Hundred Miles From West And East, And Dating Back To Very Different Periods These Ruins Throughout Reveal To Us A Uniform And Well Defined Civilisation It Is Easy To Recognise Now That This Bygone Culture Rested Mainly On Indian Foundations But There Has Also Come To Light Unmistakable Evidence Of Other Powerful Influences, Both From The West And From China, Which Helped To Shape Its Growth And To Invest It With An Individual Character And Fascination Of Its Own The Origin And History Of The Culture That Once Flourished In Buddhist Khotan, Are Faithfully Reflected In The Remarkable Series Of Sculptures And Paintings Which The Ancient Shrines And Dwelling Places, After Long Centuries Of Burial Beneath The Dunes, Have Yielded Up Contents I Calcutta To KashmirII To Astor And GilgitIII Through HunzaIV On The Taghdumbash PamirV In SarikolVI On Muztagh AtaVII Through The Gez Defile To KashgarVIII Stay At KashgarIX Khanui And Ordam PadshahX Yarkand And KarghalikXI On The Road To KhotanXII Arrival In KhotanXIII To The Headwaters Of The Yurung KashXIV Over The Kara Kash RangesXV Antiquarian Preparations At KhotanXVI Yotkan, The Site Of The Ancient CapitalXVII To The Ruins Of Dandan UiliqXVIII Excavation Of Buddhist ShrinesXIX First Finds Of Ancient ManuscriptsXX Discovery Of Dated DocumentsXXI Through The Desert To KeriyaXXII To Niya And Imam Jafar SadikXXIII First Excavation Of Kharoshthi TabletsXXIV Excavation Of Ancient ResidencesXXV Discoveries In An Antique Rubbish HeapXXVI. This book left me with mixed feelings after reading it The first part of it is a recollection of the journey that took Stein from India to Khotan across the Pamirs It was a rather uneventful journey in my opinion, sure enough there were detailed descriptions of the many towns, villages and valleys he came across But these were highly repetitive.The second half of the boo