The 1700 Year Old Vineyard of the Niya Site in China

Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) was a scholar who carried our four expeditions to Chinese Central Asia. Throughout these expeditions he surveyed, photographed, and conducted excavations. In 1913 Marc Aurel Stein was granted funding for his third expedition. His route for this expedition was based on his experiences during his 1906-1908 expedition. Thus on a cold December morning he returned to the Niya Site. His plan was to explore the ancient river bed and the surrounding ruins in greater detail. Continue reading “The 1700 Year Old Vineyard of the Niya Site in China”

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Handicrafts and artworks from Greece were found in the ruins of ancient Niya, China

The archeological site known as Niya (hereafter referred to as the Ruins of Ancient Niya), which lies deep in the Takla Makan Desert on the southern rim of the Tarim Basin in present-day Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has been called the Pompeii of the East, owing to Niya having been buried, quite suddenly, as had ancient Pompeii ages earlier. Or so it seems, for no one really knows what caused the residents of Niya to abandon their city in such a panic that they even left their dogs tethered in front of their houses, apparently fleeing for their lives from some unknown-to-us, impending calamity. Continue reading “Handicrafts and artworks from Greece were found in the ruins of ancient Niya, China”

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