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Traces in the Desert

Dr. Christoph Baumer

“This book is a revelation. Christoph Baumer unravels complex mysteries and shares with the reader his deep knowledge and understanding of living and lost cultures. It is also a tale of high adventure.
Neither the seeker of true knowledge nor the merely inquisitive will experience disappointment. Their only regret will be when the last step is taken on Baumer’s quest and the final page is turned.”
John Hare.

“Baumer, in an earlier age, before archaeology was nationalised, might have become another Heinrich Schliemann.”
Michael Steen, Reuters.

Traces in the Desert follows in Baumer’s intrepid footsteps as he finds evidence of Indo-Europeans in the steppes of Western Mongolia, discovers lost oasis cities, fortresses and Buddhist temples in the dreadful Taklamakan-Desert as well unknown art treasures in Tibet. He investigates the pre- Buddhist Tibetan religion of Bön and the fascinating heritage of the Christian ‘Nestorian’ Church, which stretches from Eastern Turkey till China, Mongolia and India. Enlightening and full of sometimes hair-raising adventures, including a failed attempt of kidnapping and an arrest by Chinese Security Police after having just been robbed by armed Tibetan bandits, Traces in the Desert illuminates hidden parts of Central Asia that have not only disappeared beneath the shifting sands, but also from the horizon of our memory.

ISBN : 978 1 84511 3377

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