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Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang The Taklamakan Desert, also known as Taklimakan, is a desert in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. As one of the largest sand deserts in the world, the Taklimakan Desert covers an area of 330,000 square kilometers.It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north. It is crossed at its northern and at its southern edge by two branches of the Silk…

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Here is a full-length image of one of the 3,500-year-old mummies buried in China's Taklamakan Desert with the earliest known pieces of cheese. http://www.archaeology.org/news/1858-140226-china-cheese-herding

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Chinese first to fourth-century coins, like these found in North Khotan, were widespread until the seventh century. They were tied together with a string through the hole and some have corroded together. These are called wuzhu because of the inscription which means ‘five grains’.

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Photo: Taklamakan Desert is a desert in southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north, and the Gobi Desert to the east.

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An artist depicts what a Celtic mummy found in China may have looked like thousands of years ago on the ancient silk road. Hundreds of ancient Europeans were lost in the Taklamakan Desert in the region of Xinjiang, western China. The woman pictured was accompanied by the mummy of a reddish brown haired Celtic man with a ginger beard. He was buried wearing a red twill tunic and tartan leggings. The woman's face was painted with curling designs presumed for burial.

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