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Online Exhibition: Aurel Stein: A hundred years on

By Vic Swift 9 January 2014
Collage of modern and historic photographs of ruins in the Taklamakan desert.

Between 1900 and 1916 the archaeologist and scholar, Aurel Stein, led three expeditions to the Taklamakan and Lop Deserts of western China in search of the sand-buried settlements of the Silk Road. He excavated scores of sites and took over 5000 photographs. These photographs of ancient Silk Road settlements, stupas and forts in the Taklamakan Desert are shown alongside modern images and video taken on recent British Library expeditions to record the changes of the past century.

The exhibition is currently on display at the Royal Geographical Society and runs until 14 February but for those of you who are unable to visit an online gallery is available featuring all of the images.


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