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 possible because of the support of:
The Arts and Humanities Research Council
Hahnemühle FineArt (UK)
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Monday 6 January – Friday 14 February
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
1 Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AR, UK
An online version of the exhibition will be available on the IDP website shortly.