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Archæological Reconnaissances in North-Western India and South-Eastern Īrān

Nature volume 140, pages 523524 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation



AFTER forty years of research and exploration in and around Central Asia, Sir Aurel Stein found himself constrained by the intolerable character of the conditions imposed on his activities by the Chinese Government to cease from further investigation in a field which he had regarded as the major objective of his studies. While he has every sympathy in his personal disappointment and frustration when the expedition in Inner Mongolia was abandoned, the loss to science by the diversion of his experience and knowledge to other regions is felt to be a calamity. Nevertheless, there is compensation of a kind in the fact that by an arrangement with Harvard University and the British Museum, which were his sponsors, he was able to turn to the exploration of regions of the Middle East, which were still archæologically unexplored and geographically imperfectly known.

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