Tuesday, 4 September 2018
A group of archaeologists are leading field explorations of prehistoric ruins in the high-altitude region of sparsely populated western Tibet.
"We aim to expand the plateau archaeology to help us understand the early history of Tibet, particularly the Shangshung culture," he said.
Thursday, 23 August 2018
Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient trade routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia and beyond has meant the region has been subject to frequent invasions. Modern Afghanistan is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, but one divided by conflict, political instability and by mass displacements of its people. Jonathan L. Lee places the current conflict in Afghanistan in its historical context and challenges many of the West's preconceived ideas about the country. Lee chronicles the region's monarchic rules and the Durrani dynasty, focusing on the reigns of each ruler and their efforts to balance tribal, ethnic, regional and religious factions, moving on to the struggle for social and constitutional reform and the rise of Islamic and Communist factions. He offers new cultural and political insights from Persian histories, the memoirs of Afghan government officials, British government and India Office archives, recently released cia reports and WikiLeaks documents. Lee also sheds new light on the country's foreign relations, its internal power struggles and the impact of foreign military interventions such as the `War on Terror'.
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Monday, 25 June 2018
By The Siberian Times reporter
22 June 2018
After a fall in the water level, the well-preserved mummy was found this week on the shore of a giant reservoir on the Yenisei River upstream of the vast Sayano-Shushenskaya dam, which powers the largest power plant in Russia and ninth biggest hydroelectric plant in the world.
The ancient woman was buried wearing a silk skirt with a funeral meal - and she took a pouch of pine nuts with her to the afterlife.
In her birch bark make-up box, she had a Chinese mirror.
Near her remains - accidentally mummified - was a Hun-style vase.
A team of archeologists from St Petersburg’s Institute of History of Material Culture (Russian Academy of Sciences) working on the shoreline in Tyva Republic spotted a rectangle-shaped stone construction which looked like a burial.
'The mummy was in quite a good condition, with soft tissues, skin, clothing and belongings intact,’ said a scientist.
Natalya Solovieva, the institute's deputy director, said: 'On the mummy are what we believe to be silk clothes, a beaded belt with a jet buckle, apparently with a pattern.
Archeologist Dr Marina Kilunovskaya said: 'During excavations, the mummy of a young woman was found on the shore of the reservoir.
‘The lower part of the body was especially well preserved ...
‘This is not a classic mummy - in this case, the burial was tightly closed with a stone lid, enabling a process of natural mummification.’
She was buried around 1,900 to 2,000 years ago, scientists believe ahead of exhaustive tests.
Astonishingly, the remains were preserved even though they have been underwater for periods since the dam became operational between 1978-85.
Dr Solovieva said: ‘Near the head was found a round wooden box covered with birch-bark in which lay a Chinese mirror in a felt case.’
Near the young woman were two vessels, one a Hun-type vase.
‘There was a funeral meal in the vessels, and on her chest a pouch with pine nuts.'
Restoration experts have started working on the mummy.
Analysis of the find is expected to yield a wealth of information on her life and times.
Scientists received a grant from the Russian Geographical society to rescue the unique archeological finds in flooded areas.