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Traces in the Desert: Journeys of Discovery Across Central Asia
     

Traces in the Desert: Journeys of Discovery Across Central Asia

by Christoph Baumer
 

For five millennia, the peoples and cultures of East and West have met and mingled in Central Asia. For explorers and travellers it is a promised land, a region of white spaces on the map, forgotten cities and archaeological treasures. Christoph Baumer has spent a lifetime travelling through the countries of Central Asia, making extraordinary discoveries along the

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For five millennia, the peoples and cultures of East and West have met and mingled in Central Asia. For explorers and travellers it is a promised land, a region of white spaces on the map, forgotten cities and archaeological treasures. Christoph Baumer has spent a lifetime travelling through the countries of Central Asia, making extraordinary discoveries along the way. Traces in the Desert follows in his intrepid footsteps as he finds evidence of Indo-Europeans in the steppes of Western Mongolia, discovers lost oasis cities in the Taklamakan and unearths art treasures in Tibet. He embarks on a quest to find Genghis Khan’s long-lost tomb and has numerous, occasionally hair-raising, encounters with shamans, corrupt policemen and bandits. Enlightening and full of adventure, Traces in the Desert uniquely illuminates the hidden parts of Central Asia that have not just disappeared beneath the shifting sands, but also from the horizon of our memory.

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“This book is a revelation. Christoph Baumer unravels complex mysteries and shares with the reader his deep knowledge and understanding of living and lost cultures. It is also a tale of high adventure. Neither the seeker of true knowledge nor the merely inquisitive will experience disappointment. Their only regret will be when the last step is taken on Baumer's quest and the final page is turned.”John Hare

"Should anyone finish reading the memoirs of Sir Aurel Stein, Paul Pelliot or Albert von le Coq and still feel in need of further adventures on the Silk Road, I would not hesitate to direct them towards the writings of Christoph Baumer. [He] manages to strike a perfect balance between clearly-written history, explanations of archaeological finds... and the everyday difficulties of travel in one of the least hospitable environments on earth. Baumer's work makes for engaging reading, brilliantly combining a lightness of touch with a profound erudition and is an excellent introduction both to the history of the region, as well as the history of travel in the region." — Bijan Omrani, Journal of Asian Affairs

Praise for Christoph Baumer:

Tibet's Ancient Religion:

"A real treasure. Written with the head as well as the heart, its great visual power conveys more than any words can do. Anyone seriously interested in the religious and cultural heritage of Tibet will be greatly rewarded by reading this excellent book." Professor Ursula King, University of Bristol

“Baumer describes in a thrilling way the history and myths of Bön and demonstrates how alive this religion still is today.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The Church of the East:

“Christoph Baumer’s book ranges wide, intellectually and geographically.” J. F. Coakley, Harvard University

“Fascinating and enthralling reading, not only for students of religion but also for the interested general reader.” Erica Hunter, SOAS

“Christoph Baumer’s fine book should take its place as the best available general history of the Church of the East.”Sebastian Brock, Oxford University

“Baumer is a scholar to his fingertips…an inspired work of synthesis, containing much original research.” Sir Harold Walker, President of The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845113377
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/19/2008
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,169,516
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Christoph Baumer is a leading explorer of Central Asia and Tibet. His many expeditions in these regions have yielded important discoveries in archaeology and art history. As the leader of three international expeditions into the Taklamakan desert he rediscovered the lost city of Dandan Oilik and found unknown Buddhist murals revealing ancient inscriptions. Not since Aurel Stein and Sven Hedin has a foreigner explored this region as extensively. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Explorer’s Club, Baumer is internationally recognzsed through his books, articles and appearances in documentary films and on radio. He is the author of many books, including Southern Silk Road, Eastern Tibet and The Church of the East (also I.B.Tauris).

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