Tibet Archaeology

and all things Tibetan

A monthly newsletter of the highest reaches of the Tibetan Plateau


June 2016

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung and the tale of the swastika in uppermost Tibet! We explore the central role of this universal symbol in the beliefs, aspirations and …

Flight of the Khyung - May 2016

May 2016

Welcome to Flight of the Khyung as we ascend to the highest of heights! In this month’s issue there is an article on the recent discovery of six rock art sites …

April 2016

This month’s Flight of the Khyung is ready for takeoff! The destination is ancient western Tibet. From tea drinking to stone houses to primitive art, we shall take in a …

March 2016

Welcome to Flight of the Khyung as we take in the most ancient bronzes of Tibet! This month’s newsletter presents the second part of an article on the art history …

February 2016

February 2016

Welcome to Flight of the Khyung as we continue to chart the treasures of the ancient Western Tibetan Plateau! On this and next month’s journey we visit bronze objects of …

January 2016

January 2016

Flight of the Khyung wishes you a soaringly Happy New Year! This month’s newsletter presents the final in a series of articles on Spiti, a region on the margin of …

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December 2015

Flight of the Khyung welcomes you to the ancient strongholds of Spiti! Before we head to the summits though, my felicitations. A number of auspicious observances are held around the …

November-2015

November 2015

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung as we continue our explorations on the western fringes of the Tibetan Plateau! This issue presents the last in a three-part article surveying …

Flight of the Khyung - October 2015

October 2015

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung as we once again explore the ancient rock art of Spiti! This issue contains the second of a three-part article. The first part …

Flight of the Khyung - September 2015

September 2015

Flight of the Khyung surveys the ancient rock art of Spiti situated on the western rim of the Tibetan plateau! The last four newsletters have been devoted to the early …

Flight of the Khyung - August 2015

August 2015

Welcome to the Flight of the Khyung marking nine years of this newsletter’s publication! This 109th issue is focused on cultural interconnections between Spiti and Upper Tibet and Ladakh in …

Flight of the Khyung - July 2015

July 2015

Flight of the Khyung returns you to a wonderland perched on the western edge of the Tibetan Plateau! This month’s offering is exclusively devoted to the rock art of Spiti, …

Flight of the Khyung - June 2015

June 2015

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung and further explorations of Spiti! This issue continues with the study of the early cultural history of this enchanting region. There is also …

May 2015

Welcome to Flight of the Khyung as we lift off to the western edge of the Tibetan plateau! The destination is Spiti, a region tucked away in the northeastern corner …

April 2015

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung, a voyage I hope you will find illuminating. This issue is all about the conservation of archaeological sites in Upper Tibet. New threats …

March 2015

The Prehistoric collection of the Tibet Museum in Lhasa – Part Two
Welcome, as Flight of the Khyung continues with a bird’s eye view of the Tibet Museum and its prehistoric …

February 2015

Welcome to another soaring Flight of the Khyung! The destination of this month’s exaltation is the Tibet Museum in Lhasa and its prehistoric collection of artifacts. Images of a representative …

January 2015

Flight of the Khyung wishes all users of this website a productive and salutary New Year! To ring in the new, this issue delights readers with two images of the …

December 2014

Welcome aboard as Flight of the Khyung takes you to new heights in winter-solstice Tibet! This month the reader is treated to the special beauty of a rare assortment of …

November 2014

Welcome aboard another Flight of the Khyung! This month we continue our explorations of the Tibetan ‘animal style’, a group of artistic traditions vibrantly depicting animals using curves and circles. As …

October 2014

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung, a newsletter dedicated to the culture, art and archaeology of ancient Tibet! This special issue features the Eurasian ‘animal style’ rock art of …

September 2014

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung! The horned eagle flies swift and high, making more progress in the timely delivery of these monthly newsletters. The last issue featured a …

August 2014

Welcome to the eighth anniversary issue of Flight of the Khyung! Thanks very much for your interest and patronage. It has taken quite a bit longer than usual for this …

July 2014

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung, transporting you to uppermost Tibet! Recently, I had the opportunity to revisit a holy lake in the eastern Changthang renown for ancient rock …

June 2014

Welcome to these pages! Flight of the Khyung takes in the ancient wonders of highest-most Tibet. Read on to learn about the secrets of one of Upper Tibet’s greatest island sanctuaries. This …

May 2014

Greetings and get ready for another Flight of the Khyung! This month’s newsletter has four features ranging from ancient glories to contemporary threats, taking you far and wide.
The first feature …

April 2014

Welcome to the Flight of the Khyung! This month the horned eagle takes you to four of the great citadels of Lake Dangra Yumtsho. According to the oral tradition of …

March 2014

Tashi Delek! May the New Year of the Horse be a good one for you. Finally, Flight of the Khyung transports you to one of the oldest continually inhabited villages …

February 2014

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung! This voyage is to the haunts of a great but quirky ancient patriarch, Dragu Ngongen, of highest-most Tibet. We begin however by revisiting …

January 2014

Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you peace and happiness, whatever your political, religious, or cultural affiliations might be. This month we complete our study of Thakhampa Ri, one of …

December 2013

This month Flight of the Khyung takes you to some of the most extraordinary prehistoric art in all of Tibet. Constituting a comprehensive tableau of life more than 1500 years old, these …

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