The Taklamakan stretches over 337,000 square kilometers in the centre of the Tarim basin. The vast depression runs nearly 1,200 km from west to east, and is 400 km wide from north to south. It forms an elliptical, semi-open basin in the Lop Nur marsh.
Over several years in the late 19th and early 20th century, the site was excavated unscientifically by Western archeologists and local dealers, mostly to search for precious objects; a large proportion of the finds found their way to the black market. At present several museums conserve some specimens from Ray belonging to this antiquarian surge.
Fascicle 2 of Volume XVI
The most recent fascicle in the print edition of Encyclopædia Iranica appeared during the second quarter of 2013. This fascicle continues the development of letter “K” topics. It begins with the ancient KASSITES and ends with the beginning of titles with initial Ke-. Especially notable in this fascicle is the comprehensive survey of the Kayanid dynasty in the traditional history of Iran, as recorded in our sources both pre-Islamic and Islamic. This entry by Prof. P. O. Skjærvø, under the title KAYĀNIĀN, is now available at this website, along with all other entries in the fascicle.
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Nancy Hatch Dupree receives Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal from Royal Society of Asian Affairs
On January 30, 2014, Nancy Hatch Dupree was the honored recipient of the Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal in recognition of her contribution to education and research in Afghanistan and for the establishment of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU). The medal was bestowed upon her by the British ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Richard Stagg. See further at the ACKU website.
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