Tibet Archaeology

and all things Tibetan

A monthly newsletter of the highest reaches of the Tibetan Plateau


February 2017

Welcome to another Flight of the Khyung as we journey back in time and space to prehistoric Tibet! This newsletter explores two ancient necropolises discovered on the tablelands of western …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

April 2012

Welcome to a special Flight of the Khyung! This month we take you to what may have been the greatest capital of the Zhang Zhung kingdom. We will examine hard …

March 2012

Welcome to another glorious Flight of the Khyung! This month’s newsletter continues to probe the ancient rock art of Upper Tibet, bringing you intriguing compositions and the historical and cultural …

February 2012

All aboard another Flight of the Khyung! Ancient art is our theme again this month, spurred on by the successes of recent expeditions. In the last two years, I have …

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