Tibet Archaeology

and all things Tibetan

A monthly newsletter of the highest reaches of the Tibetan Plateau


May 2017

Welcome to Flight of the Khyung as we resume exploration of uppermost Tibet and beyond! Join us for another intellectual trek across lands less traveled. This month’s issue contains a fine selection of landmarks. We begin with an article on …

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 Upper Tibet, adeptly executed carvings distinguished by their gracefulness and …

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 selection of remarkable anthropomorphic rock art and this month there …

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 month’s newsletter to appear, but the khyung is back on …

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 shelters. These primitive dwellings are believed to have been used …

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 month we also visit an epic, pre-Buddhist ceremonial center.
A new …

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 is an essay dispelling the commonly held notion that Tibet …

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 the region, these ancient strongholds were constructed during the time …

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 in Tibet. Hidden away on the eastern shores of Lake …

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 those intriguing individuals with drum-like and zoomorphic traits in the …

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 Tibet’s most important rock-art sites. As you shall see there …

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 rock carvings have never been seen in such detail. The …

November 2013

Another Flight of the Khyung is ready for take off! As promised, this month’s issue features two ancient cave sanctuaries recently discovered on the Upper Tibet Rock Art Expedition III. There is also a special report about the spectacular golden …

October 2013

Welcome to another enlivening Flight of the Khyung! This month’s issue and those to follow will present some of the latest archaeological discoveries in Tibet. See here for the first time images of an incredible cave sanctuary. Located in the …

September 2013

Get ready for take off with another Flight of the Khyung! This month we jet between Mongolia and the High Plateau to regale you with stories of the present day and inform readers about the distant past. There is also …

August 2013

Welcome to the Seventh Anniversary issue of Flight of the Khyung! Given this auspicious occasion, I would like to heartily thank regular readers, some of whom have been following this newsletter since its inception. Let me also take this occasion …

July 2013

Welcome to another breathtaking Flight of the Khyung, a source for all that is noble and ancient in Tibet! As promised, this month’s focus is on the lovely polychrome rock art of highland Tibet. We will also probe the Neolithic …

June 2013

This month’s Flight of the Khyung takes you to ancient Ladakh, the westernmost part of the Tibetan plateau! We shall explore its early history and monuments from new perspectives. To help us in our quest is Quentin Devers, a young …

May 2013

This month’s Flight of the Khyung soars to some of the highest and oldest points in Tibet. We will visit what may be the loftiest pilgrimage site in the world, looking for evidence of ancient human settlement. There is also …

April 2013

This Flight of the Khyung transports you to Asia’s holiest mountains to behold for the first time an ancient wonder! We will visit the spot associated with the miraculous birth of the Zhang Zhung’s greatest god, Gekhoe (Ge-khod). The newsletter …

March 2013

Greetings to the fliers of the horned eagle, Tibet’s greatest conveyance! I hope you like the new look of the website, redesigned to entice readers to these very pages. In the field of Upper Tibetan archaeology, there always seems to …

February 2013

This Flight of the Khyung glides further across space, keeping you up to date with some of the latest developments in Upper Tibetan cultural history and archaeology. This month we will examine pressing conservation issues as well as ancient rock …

January 2013

Happy New Year to the fliers of the great khyung! May 2013 bring you all much joy and success. This month’s Flight of the Khyung highlights rock art discoveries made in the last weeks of 2012, in the eastern Changthang. …

December 2012

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung to the land of Tibetan archaeology and history! This month’s four main features revolve around the ancient rock art of Upper Tibet, introducing important images never before published. So let us take off!
Mysterious …

November 2012

Please join the horned eagle of Tibet for more great exploration! This month’s Flight of the Khyung swoops down through the very layers of history as revealed by the pullulating rock art of Upper Tibet. Our journey promises a new …

September 2012

This special edition of Flight of the Khyung extends to the very western edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Ladakh, the Maryul (Smar-yul) of ancient times, has been a cultural crossroads for millennia. Ladakh’s rock art and structural remains document a …

August 2012

This month’s newsletter is dedicated to tigers, that fearsome carnivore of eastern Eurasia. These creatures are part of the cultural and artistic heritage of many peoples in the region. Similarly, there is much fascination with tigers in Tibet, a symbol …

July 2012

Flight of the Khyung
Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung, the highest flying of all creatures and contraptions with wings! This month we will be examining some of Tibet’s most ancient deities, a real treat for your eyes. We will …

June 2012

This month’s Flight of the Khyung brings you to another fortified settlement in Guge, the great badlands region of western Tibet. This archaeological site was first documented on the Upper Tibet Rock Art Expedition II (UTRAE II), in 2011. Guge …

May 2012

May’s Flight of the Khyung takes you to another forgotten bastion of civilization in uppermost Tibet. This gigantic citadel was documented for the first time in 2011, one of several dozen archaic strongholds found in western Tibet. It goes to …

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