Traces in the Desert: Journeys of Discovery Across Central Asia

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845113377
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • 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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Table of Contents

* List of Illustrations
• List of Maps
• Acknowledgements
• Foreword by John Hare
• Introduction
• Part I: In Search of the Nestorians
• Christian Crosses in the Himalayas
• The Churches and Monasteries of Tur Abdin
• Christians in Iran
• Merv, City of Infidels
• The Mystery of Khukh Burd Süme
• Part II: The Nomadic Land
• Searching for Genghis Khan’s Tomb
• Among the Eagle Hunters
• Art in Stone and Men of Stone
• A Shaman from Tuva
• Genghis Khan’s Capital
• Part III: Discovering the Treasures of Tibet
• Land of Snows
• Yaks as Snowploughs
• Milarepa’s Tower
• The Unknown Bönpos
• Between Heaven and Earth
• Part IV: Secrets of the Taklamakan Desert
• A Second Mecca
• The Guardian of Niya
• The Wandering Lake
• Skeletons in the Sand
• Discoveries in Dandan Oilik
• Black Hurricane
• Epilogue
• A Blank Space on the Map
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index *

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