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0123 Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan : vol.1
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CHINESE FORT WITHIN RUINED TOWN OF TASHKURGHAN.

CHAPTER V

IN SARIKOL

THE 8th of July and the day following were given up to a halt at Tashkurghan. There were not only fresh supplies and transport to be arranged for, but also much information to be collected on points of historical and archæological interest. For Tashkurghan, the chief place of the mountain tract known as Sarikol, is undoubtedly a site of considerable antiquity. Its importance reaches back to the days when the traders from the classical West exchanged here their goods for the produce of ancient China. As far as local observations go, everything tends to support the view first expressed by Sir Henry Rawlinson, that Tash-kurghan, " the Stone Tower," retains the position as well as the name of the a(Ozvoç 7r6pyoç,

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