The Ruins of the Taklamakan Desert

12 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2022

Date Written: February 8, 2022


Ruins of ancient shrines, temples, forts, and settlements in and around the Taklamakan Desert are generally thought to have been established no later than the third century BCE. Some of the structures at these sites excavated by M. Aurel Stein in the early 20th century were built over more ancient foundations and so could be considerably older based on their alignment to previous locations of the North Pole.

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Carlotto, Mark, The Ruins of the Taklamakan Desert (February 8, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

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