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  • FBI Arrests SpaceX Employee, Alleging He Ran The 'Deep Web' Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0

    11/06/2014 10:30:03 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 11-6-2014 | James Cook
    James Cook November 6, 2014 The FBI and Europol have conducted a joint operation to take down the internet's thriving "deep web" drug marketplaces. The official FBI New York Twitter account just confirmed the seizure of Silk Road 2.0, saying that the site's alleged operator, Blake Benthall, was arrested in San Francisco on Wednesday. He now potentially faces life in prison, the FBI says. Benthall appears to be an employee of SpaceX, Elon Musk's private rocket company. (snip)
  • Researchers may know identity of ancient town in Xinjiang ["the mysterious town of Zhubin"]

    06/11/2010 4:58:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 372+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | June 09, 2010 | unattributed
    An ancient town that was discovered 6.3 kilometers west of the Lop Nor Creek Tomb in Xinjiang is most likely the mysterious town of Zhubin, according to a report from Chongqing Evening News. After more than one year of investigation and study, Lu Houyuan and others recently released the important research results in China's authoritative magazine, the Chinese Science Bulletin. According to sources, the ancient town is one of the three archaeological discoveries made between November and December in 2008 by the Lop Nor Scientific Exploration Team, led by Xia Xuncheng, researcher at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography...
  • ilk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts won’t be getting his case dismissed

    07/10/2014 2:05:45 PM PDT · by mgist · 14 replies
    vr zone ^ | 7/10/14 | sam reynolds
    Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts won’t be getting his case dismissed By Sam Reynolds on July 10, 2014 A bid to get the case thrown out due to the technical definition of money laundering is denied. Bit coins Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts won’t be getting his case dismissed. The former proprietor of the drugs and vice bazaar known as Silk Road has suffered a major legal setback, after a US court denied his defense’s request to have the case dismissed. The federal charges against Ross Ulbricht, better known by his online handle Dread Pirate Roberts, include money laundering, running...
  • U.S. Marshals accidentally leak potential Bitcoin bidders list

    06/18/2014 10:16:45 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 06/18/2014 | Reuters
    A list of potential bidders for the Bitcoin auction was accidentally leaked by the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday, according to the agency. The Marshals Service confirmed that it accidentally released the names in an email to update interested parties on the auction’s guidelines. The U.S. government said last week it plans to auction about 30,000 bitcoins, the electronic currency, valued at about $17.4 million, on June 27 the U.S. Marshals Service said. FBI seized the bitcoins during a raid in October on the Internet marketplace Silk Road, known as a hub for transactions involving illegal drugs and criminal activities.
  • Bitcoin: more than just the currency of digital vice

    05/10/2014 2:47:36 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 14, 2013 | Arwa Mahdawi
    Dale doesn't exactly look like an international crypto-criminal. He's soft-spoken, baby-faced, and a senior at an Ivy League college. But every couple of weeks the political science major logs onto the Silk Road, an online black market that has been described as an "amazon.com of drugs" to buy wholesale quantities of "molly" (also known as MDMA, a particularly "pure" form of ecstasy), LSD and magic mushrooms. Some of these will be for his personal use, and the rest he'll flog to less tech-savvy classmates at a mark-up of up to 300%. On a good weekend, he can net a profit...
  • Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road, study finds

    04/05/2014 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 1, 2014 | Gerry Everding
    Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road... "Ancient wheat and broomcorn millet, recovered in nomadic campsites in Kazakhstan, show that prehistoric herders in Central Eurasia had incorporated both regional crops into their economy and rituals nearly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the chronology of interaction along the territory of the 'Silk Road' more than 2,000 years," Frachetti said... ...several strains of...
  • Ancient mummies found buried with world's oldest cheese

    03/01/2014 3:15:21 AM PST · by Renfield · 29 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | 2-28-2014 | Jean Harris
    For some cheese lovers, the older and stinkier the cheese, the better. Well, what about a cheese that's been aging for 3,600 years? Yellow lumps, believed to be the world's oldest cheese, were found on mummies buried in the Taklamakan Desert in northwestern China. The cheese, which was found during archaeological excavations that took place between 2002 and 2004, dates to as early as 1615 BC. The cheese was found on the necks and chests of the mummies. The multiple layers of cowhide the mummies were buried in, and the dry, salty desert helped preserve the cheese....
  • Silk Road 2.0 'Hack' Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen

    02/13/2014 7:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 13, 2014 | Andy Greenberg
    The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road. On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site’s administrators posted a long announcement to the Silk Road 2.0 forums admitting that the site had been hacked by one of its sellers, and its reserve of Bitcoins belonging to both the users and the site itself stolen. The admin, who goes by the name “Defcon,” blamed the same “transaction malleability” bug in the Bitcoin protocol that led to several of the cryptocurrency’s exchanges halting withdrawals in the...
  • Bitcoin is the future, Money2020 delegates told

    01/25/2014 6:25:34 AM PST · by Errant · 25 replies
    Banking Technology ^ | 25 January 2014
    Bitcoin is here to stay and will continue to grow, according to experts speaking on separate panels at Money2020 in Las Vegas. The recent prosecution of Silk Road, an underground online market for drugs that traded Bitcoins and the FBI’s confiscation of approximately $3.5 million in Bitcoins, looked like a severe blow to the virtual currency. But Carol Van Cleef, partner in Patton Boggs and moderator of a session on maths-based and virtual currencies, said the bust showed growing sophistication on the part of federal law enforcement agencies, reports Tom Groenfeldt. “They decided to go not after the system itself,...
  • Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?

    01/19/2014 8:37:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1-18-14 | David Segal
    Ross Ulbricht’s last moments as a free man were noisy enough to draw a crowd. Employees at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco library heard a crashing sound and rushed to the science fiction section, expecting to find a patron had hit the floor. Instead, they found a handful of federal agents surrounding a slender 29-year-old man with light brown hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The goal of the arrest, at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2013, was not simply to apprehend Mr. Ulbricht, but also to prevent him from performing the most mundane of tasks:...
  • US Government Announces it Will Sell $25m Worth of Silk Road Bitcoins

    01/17/2014 4:39:54 AM PST · by Errant · 15 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 17 January, 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    The 29,655 bitcoins seized by US law enforcement agents from defunct online black market Silk Road will be liquidated by the US government, a 16th January press release from the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York confirmed. US District Judge J. Paul Oetken signed off on the forfeiture order on Thursday, clearing the government to sell the assets, which as of press time are worth more than $25m. While no timetable for the sale was issued, the development brings the government one step closer to unloading its Silk Road holdings, estimated to be 1.5 percent of...
  • FBI seizes ‘Silk Road' black market domain, arrests owner

    10/02/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 48 replies
    Russia Today ^ | October 02, 2013 15:48
    Authorities have arrested a man in San Francisco, California accused of operating an underground website that allowed users to purchase guns and drugs from around the world using encrypted, digital currency. Ross William Ulbricht, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in the Silk Road online marketplace, according to court papers published this week. A sealed complaint dated September 27 was unearthed by security researcher Brian Krebs in which Ulbricht is accused of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy money laundering conspiracy and more. According to prosecutors,...
  • Archaeological finds reveal prehistoric civilization along Silk Road

    07/27/2013 6:14:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Global Times ^ | July 25, 2013 | Xinhua
    Archaeologists have unearthed relics that suggest prehistoric humans lived along the Silk Road long before it was created about 2,000 years ago as a pivotal Eurasian trade network. An excavation project that started in 2010 on ruins in northwest China's Gansu Province has yielded evidence that people who lived on the west bank of the Heihe River 4,100 to 3,600 years ago were able to grow crops and smelt copper, the researchers said. The site is believed to date back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC - AD 220). Over the past three years, archaeologists have discovered a variety of...
  • Ancient Tombs Discovered Along Silk Road

    02/08/2013 4:22:16 AM PST · by Renfield · 7 replies
    Live Science ^ | 2-6-2012 | Marc Lallanilla
    Along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road, archaeologists have unearthed 102 tombs dating back some 1,300 years — and almost half of the tombs were for infants. The surprising discovery was made in remote western China, where construction workers digging for a hydroelectric project found the cluster of tombs. Each tomb contains wooden caskets covered in felt, inside of which are desiccated human remains, as well as copper trinkets, pottery and other items buried as sacrificial items, according to UPI. "The cluster covers an area of 1,500 square meters (1,794 square yards) on a 20-meter high (66...
  • The 'Islamic Art' Hoax

    04/01/2012 1:35:44 PM PDT · by WPaCon · 86 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/1/2012 | Jessica Rubin
    Talking about Islamic art is rather like talking about the art of the Khanates. The Imperial Kingdom of Genghis Khan was the largest contiguous empire on earth. But just because different lands and cultures were conquered by Genghis Khan doesn't mean that there is a significance to grouping their art. The sphere of power of the Muslim Empire stretched from the borders of China and the Indian subcontinent across Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula, and on to the Pyrenees. There needs to be a further rationale for calling art collections from lands conquered...
  • Cultural heritage: Takht Bhai offers a glimpse of life under Kanishka {Kushan Empire}

    04/02/2012 4:33:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    The Tribune ^ | 10 Mar 2012 | Mahwish Qayyam
    A visit to Takht Bhai offers the chance to explore ruins dating back to the time of Kanishka, a Kushan emperor, famous for his military, political and spiritual feats.Buddhists offered prayers at the site and left statues to mark their gratitude once their wishes had been fulfilled, said Dr Shah Nazar Khan, from the Directorate of Archeology and Museums, K-P, while speaking to The Express Tribune. People visited the place in the final stages of life to meditate.Since the site is situated on top of a hill, it escaped the devastation wrought by successive invasions and is still well preserved,...
  • Scholarly world abuzz over Jewish scrolls find [ Afghanistan ]

    12/31/2011 10:12:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Gil Shefler
    The Jewish scholarly world is abuzz over the discovery of ancient Jewish scrolls in a cave in Afghanistan's Samangan province, Channel 2 reported on Friday. According to Arab Affairs correspondent Ehud Yeari, if validated the scrolls may be the most significant historical finding in the Jewish world since that of the Cairo Geniza in the 19th century. "We know today about a couple of findings," Haggai Ben-Shammai, Professor Emeritus of Arabic Language and Literature at Hebrew University was quoted as saying. "In all, in my opinion, there are about 150 fragments. It may be the tip of the iceberg." The...
  • What if China, India and Europe would construct a new "Silk Road"?

    11/09/2011 6:18:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 17 replies
    11/10/2011 | WesternCulture
    It's already there. European as well as Far East Asian companies are already by now pretty tired of Somalian pirates etc. interferring with our business operations. In the coming of time, Asia and Europe will make so much business the World can't believe it. Let's build highways and railroads. Try and stop us.. The well-off people down in India and China are screaming for European luxury goods - and if Africa never wishes to grow up, that's not Volvo's, Audi's and BMW's problem. Africa too could start expanding its economy. Some Russians really are clever. Link below to a clip...
  • Chinese Christians aim to evangelize Muslim world

    09/24/2011 5:23:31 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Julia Duin
    Although today is the dawn of the Chinese New Year, most people are unaware that Chinese Christians are gearing up to be the world's most potent missionary force. China? Christians? Sure enough. For decades now they've had plans to evangelize the Muslim world that lies along the old Silk Road route. This could be one of the most ambitious missionary enterprises in 2,000 years of Christianity. No national church has amazed the world as much as that of the Chinese. From 1 million at the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, it's grown to 100 million followers, a breathtaking...
  • Big noses, curly hair on empress's coffin suggests deep cultural exchange on Silk Road

    09/20/2010 7:40:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    People's Daily ^ | September 14, 2010 | Xinhua
    Chinese archeologists have found new evidence of international cultural exchange on the ancient Silk Road. Four European-looking warriors and lion-like beasts are engraved on an empress's 1,200-year-old stone coffin that was unearthed in Shaanxi Province, in northwestern China. The warriors on the four reliefs had deep-set eyes, curly hair and over-sized noses -- physical characteristics Chinese typically associate with Europeans. The 27-tonne Tang Dynasty (618-907) sarcophagus contained empress Wu Huifei (699-737), Ge Chengyong, a noted expert on Silk Road studies, said Tuesday. Ge said one of the warriors was very much like [Zeus], the "father of gods and men" in...
  • Turkmen capital is 8 thousand years old, archeologists say

    06/11/2010 5:25:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 371+ views
    Turkmenistan.ru ^ | June 7, 2010 | unattributed
    The fifth season of excavations at Akdepe settlement in Chandybil district of the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, has come to an end. Deputy Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan Professor Ovez Gundogdiev led the first national expedition. According to the Neitralny Turkmenistan newspaper, during the excavations the age of the settlement was defined. Until recently, Akdepe was dated to V-IV century BC, i.e. the Eneolithic age. However, the archeologists of the national expedition found pottery belonging to the Neolithic period (VI millennium BC), which corresponds to the Jeitun culture. "Our white-marble capital...
  • Syria in China’s New Silk Road Strategy

    04/17/2010 2:31:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 278+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 4/16/2010 | Christina Lin
    While the international community is fixated on Iran’s nuclear program, China has been steadily expanding its political, economic and strategic ties with Syria. Since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited China in 2004 on the heels of the 2003 U.S. intervention in Iraq, there have been increased economic cooperation and more recently, a flurry of high-level exchanges on political and strategic issues. On April 5, while at the 7th Syrian International Oil and Gas Exhibition “SYROIL 2010” to attract local, Arab and foreign investors, Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sufian al-Allaw told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that he...
  • Chronological History of Afghanistan

    11/10/2001 9:08:09 PM PST · by Cultural Jihad · 25 replies · 1,236+ views
    Afghanistan Online ^ | 04/2001 | Unknown
    Chronological History of Afghanistan Part I (50,000 BCE - 652) 50,000 BCE-20,000 BCE Archaeologists have identified evidence of stone age technology in Aq Kupruk, and Hazar Sum. Plant remains at the foothill of the Hindu Kush mountains indicate, that North Afghanistan was one of the earliest places to domestic plants and animals. 3000 BCE-2000 BCE Bronze might have been invented in ancient Afghanistan around this time. First true urban centers rise in two main sites in Afghanistan--Mundigak, and Deh Morasi Ghundai. Mundigak (near modern day Kandahar)--had an economic base of wheat, barley, sheep and goats. Also, evidence indicates that ...
  • Digging In The Desert (Turkmenistan)

    05/24/2008 1:47:19 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 148+ views
    Leader-Post /Canwest News ^ | 5-24-2008 | Owen Murray
    Digging in the desert Owen Murray, Canwest News Service Published: Saturday, May 24, 2008 MERV, Turkmenistan -- Tish Prouse would be the first to admit that his interest in archaeology stems from a boyhood love of Indiana Jones. But the Edmonton native had no idea his interest would one day lead him to Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country of brutally hot summers, bitterly cold winters and a pockmarked landscape that invites comparisons with the moon. So why is he here? The answer is Merv, an ancient city along the Silk Road that was once a thriving metropolis, one of the...
  • China faces Muslim resentment in west (from Uighurs and dissidents)

    04/09/2008 12:13:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 154+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/08 | William Foreman - ap
    HOTAN, China - There was no sign of dissent in the bazaar, where men wove through the crowd on motorcycles with freshly butchered sheep draped behind them. But a Muslim merchant pinched his lips together with his fingers to show he could not talk freely. "The Chinese are too bad, really bad," said Hama, who added that the Chinese had broken up a protest of about 200 people last month. He put his wrists together as if handcuffed. "I can't say more or I'll get arrested." As China grapples with protests in Tibet, it also faces unrest on its Central...
  • Tibet isn't China's only problem, resentment still simmers among Muslims in Xinjiang

    04/05/2008 11:38:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 943+ views
    AP ^ | 04/05/08 | WILLIAM FOREMAN
    Tibet isn't China's only problem, resentment still simmers among Muslims in Xinjiang By WILLIAM FOREMAN,Associated Press Writer AP - Sunday, April 6 HOTAN, China - The chirpy Chinese coffee shop waitress smiled Saturday as she rattled off sites travelers should see in this jade-trading Silk Road town in Xinjiang _ a vast western region of China that like Tibet has a long history of unrest. ADVERTISEMENT But the woman frowned and her brow furrowed with worry when she mentioned Hotan's main tourist draw: a sprawling bazaar popular among the Muslim minority Uighurs (pronounced WEE-GURS). "Oh, don't go to the bazaar...
  • China/Uyghur: Group says Chinese police arrest 70 in Xinjiang

    04/03/2008 2:59:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 111+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/03/08 | John Ruwitch
    Group says Chinese police arrest 70 in Xinjiang Reuters - 1 hour 29 minutes ago BEIJING (Reuters) - Police have arrested 70 people from China's minority Uighur ethnic group in the Silk Road oasis city of Kashgar, fearing trouble when the Olympic torch passes through the city in June, an exile group said on Thursday. (Advertisement) Calls to police and government offices in Kashgar went unanswered, but others in the restive region of Xinjiang say security has been ratcheted up ahead of the Beijing Games in August. The report comes at a tense time for China as it confronts ethnic...
  • China and India Go to Africa

    03/16/2008 8:31:05 PM PDT · by hanfei · 10 replies · 1,662+ views
    Foreign Affairs | March 2008 | Harry G. Broadman
    New Deals in the Developing World ECONOMIC ACTIVITY between Africa and Asia is booming like never before. Business between the two continents is not new: India's trade with Africa's eastern and southern regions dates back to at least the days of the Silk Road, and China has been involved on the continent since it started investing there, mostly in infrastructure, during the postcolonial era. But today, partly as a result of accelerating commerce between developing countries throughout the world, the scale and pace of trade and investment flows between Africa and India and China are exceptional. (Throughout, Africa is used...
  • Bricks With Molded Designs Unearthed In Chongqing (Caucasians in Ancient China)

    01/12/2004 9:28:45 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 6,164+ views
    Bricks with molded designs unearthed in Chongqingwww.chinaview.cn 2004-01-12 20:52:43 CHONGQING, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Archaeologists in southwest China's Chongqing municipality have unearthed more than 20 pieces of brick reliefs from a tomb of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 A.D.-220 A.D.). Lin Bizhong, a noted archaeologist with the Chongqing MunicipalArchaeological Team, said this was the first time that bricks withmolded designs had been unearthed in Chongqing. Previously, such tomb bricks had been excavated from Sichuan province, southwest China, and have been included as relics under state key protection. Lin acknowledged that the brick-and-stone-structured tomb, fromwhich brick reliefs were unearthed, had been...
  • Multiplication Table From 1,800 Years Ago Discovered In Hunan

    03/09/2004 4:04:42 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 3,962+ views
    Peoples Daily ^ | 3-9-2004
    Multiplication table from 1,800 years ago found in Hunan Archeologists claimed that they had found a multiplication table at the Gurendi cultural relics ofthe Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan Province. Archeologists claimed that they had found a multiplication table at the Gurendi cultural relics ofthe Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan Province. The table was discovered on a 22cm-long wooden strip which was broken when it was discovered and the handwriting on it is quite illegible. "We can see that the multiplication table begins at nine times nine equals 81, in a sequence...
  • Discoveries Reveal A Flourishing Dunhuang 1,000 Years Ago

    03/21/2004 2:37:15 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 162+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 3-21-2004 | China View
    Discoveries reveal a flourishing Dunhuang 1,000 years ago www.chinaview.cn 2004-03-21 15:20:33 LANZHOU, March 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Documents and other cultural objects unearthed from China's Mogao Grottoes, in northwest Gansu Province, provide evidence that Dunhuang was a flourishing international trade city over 1,000 years ago. Professor Zheng Binglin, also a research fellow with the Dunhuang Studies Institute of the Lanzhou University, made the conclusion based on his research on documents and other cultural objects of late Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Five Dynasties period (907-960). Dunhuang city, located in the western part of Gansu, is now a famous tourism city because it...
  • Heavenly Wonder Of Ancient China Goes On Show (1,300 Year-Old Star-Chart)

    05/03/2004 4:02:04 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 342+ views
    Ananova ^ | 5-3-2004
    "Heavenly wonder of ancient China goes on show A Chinese star chart possibly dating from the 7th century AD mapped the heavens with an accuracy unsurpassed until the Renaissance, according to research. The Dunhuang chart, which goes on show at the British Library this month, is the oldest manuscript star map in the world and one of the most valuable treasures in astronomy. The fine paper scroll, measuring 210 by 25 centimetres, (82 by 10 inches) displays no less than 1,345 stars grouped in 257 non-constellation patterns. Such detail was not matched until Galileo and other European astronomers began searching...
  • Caves Hold Clue To The Riddle Of The Three Hares

    07/03/2004 2:43:19 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 3,615+ views
    Caves hold clue to the riddle of the three hares (Filed: 03/07/2004) A research team led by a British archaeologist is to travel to China in search of the origins and meaning of a mysterious ancient symbol identified in sacred sites across Britain, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. Striking depictions of three hares joined at the ears have been found in roof bosses of medieval parish churches in Devon, 13th century Mongol metal work from Iran and cave temples from the Chinese Sui dynasty of 589-618. Academics are intrigued at the motif's apparent prominence in Christian, Islamic and...
  • China's miracle in the desert is drying up

    05/28/2005 5:56:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 73 replies · 2,147+ views
    NYT ^ | 05/27/05 | Jim Yardley
    China's miracle in the desert is drying up By Jim Yardley The New York Times SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2005 DUNHUANG, China At the bottom of the mountainous dunes once traversed by traders and pilgrims on the ancient Silk Road, Wang Qixiang stood with a camera draped around his neck. He was a modern pilgrim of sorts, a tourist. He and his wife had traveled by train more than 3,200 kilometers, or 2,000 miles, from eastern China to the forbidding emptiness of the Gobi Desert to glimpse a famous pool of water known as Crescent Lake. They came because the lake...
  • New Evidence Suggests Longer Paper Making History In China

    08/13/2006 3:58:00 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 378+ views
    New Evidence Suggests Longer Paper Making History in China A 2,000-year-old piece of paper inscribed with legible handwriting has been found in Gansu Province, suggesting that China's paper-making and handwriting history are older than previously thought. The 10 square centimeter piece of paper, made from linen fibers, was found during restoration of an ancient garrison near the Yumen Pass at Dunhuang in northwest China. The garrison was in use during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-25 A.D.), a report in the Beijing-based Guangming Daily said. "The paper was made in 8 B.C., more than 100 years before the birth of...
  • Chinese Archaeologists Discover 2,000-Year-Old Leather Shoes

    09/09/2006 11:19:11 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 561+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 9-9-2006
    Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old leather shoes Beijing, Sept. 9 (PTI): Six leather shoes, made some 2,000 years ago, have been discovered at a relic site in Dunhuang in northwest China's Gansu Province, taking the Chinese shoe-making industry older by some 1,000 years.The leather shoes, from the Han Dynasty (205 BC-220 AD), are the oldest leather shoes found in China, indicating that the history of China's leather shoe-making is some 1,000 years longer than previously believed, an archaeologist from Gansu Province, He Shuangquan said. The newly found, well-preserved shoes were made for children, aged three to six years old, said He,...
  • China: Mysterious building discovered in emperor's tomb (a buried step-pyramid?)

    07/01/2007 12:31:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies · 1,558+ views
    Mysterious building discovered in emperor's tomb Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-07-01 10:33 Chinese archaeologists said that after five years of research they have confirmed that there is a 30-meter-high building buried in the tomb of Qinshihuang, Chinese first emperor more than 2,000 years ago. The building, buried in the 51-meter-high, pyramid-like earth above the tomb's main body underground, has four surrounding stair-like walls and each wall with nine steps of platforms, said Duan Qingbo, a researcher with Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology. The whole building were buried under the earth, which made it difficult for researchers to get a complete picture of it,...
  • Desertification Threatens Ancient Chinese Town [Dunhuang]

    11/30/2007 11:31:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 93+ views
    Discover ^ | November 20, 2007 | AFP
    An ancient oasis in destitute Gansu province along the historic Silk Road, Dunhuang is in danger of being swallowed by the sands of the adjacent Kumtag desert, which are creeping closer at a rate of up to 13 feet a year... The problem stems from centuries of unsustainable grazing and farming practices and overuse of already slim and strained water resources. The government has attempted to blunt the spread through reforestation, incentives and other means... Once a welcome oasis for Silk Road travelers thanks to an ancient store of groundwater, Dunhuang is drying up. [page 2] The water table in...
  • Ancient Vishnu idol found in Russian town

    01/04/2007 1:29:08 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 35 replies · 2,571+ views
    PTI ^ | 4 Jan, 2007 1109hrs IST | PTI
    MOSCOW: An ancient Vishnu idol has been found during excavation in an old village in Russia's Volga region, raising questions about the prevalent view on the origin of ancient Russia. The idol found in Staraya (old) Maina village dates back to VII-X century AD. Staraya Maina village in Ulyanovsk region was a highly populated city 1700 years ago, much older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all Russian cities. "We may consider it incredible, but we have ground to assert that Middle-Volga region was the original land of Ancient Rus. This is a hypothesis, but a...
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan bicker over India gateway

    08/23/2006 11:20:49 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Daily News and Analysis ^ | Wednesday, August 23, 2006 22:29 IST | Daily News and Analysis
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s highway authority removed an old gate at the Khyber gateway without consulting Afghanistan. A traditional gateway to India on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has become the subject of a row between Islamabad and Kabul that New Delhi is accused of fanning. Pakistan's National Highway Authority (NHA) has removed an old gate at the gateway, at Torkhan at Khyber Pass 16 km from Peshawar, without consulting Afghanistan. It wants to put up another whose design Kabul does not approve. In the process, the Dawn newspaper says, Khyber Pass has been without a gate for one month. It does not indicate...
  • Flashman's Revenge: Central Asia after September 11

    01/28/2003 6:18:54 PM PST · by rmlew · 1 replies · 626+ views
    NDU Strategic Forum 195 ^ | December 2002. | Eugene B. Rumer
    Flashman’s Revenge: Central Asia after September 11 by Eugene B. Rumer Strategic Forum No. 195 December 2002 Key Points The September 11 terrorist attacks have altered the geopolitical dynamics in Central Asia. The United States has emerged as the preeminent power in the region, causing other countries with interests in Central Asia to adjust to radically changed circumstances. The war on terrorism and increasing instability in South and Southwest Asia call for a long-term U.S. military presence in Central Asia. Such a presence could also complement ongoing U.S. diplomatic relationships in the region. In the long run, U.S. influence in...