Tibet Archaeology

and all things Tibetan

A monthly newsletter of the highest reaches of the Tibetan Plateau


October 2017

Join us for another Flight of the Khyung, your portal to the riddles of ancient Tibet! This month’s newsletter contains the second part of an article about fierce wild animals in the rock art of Upper Tibet. There are many …

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 …

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 chronological evidence and its implications for understanding the cultural makeup …

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 insights they engender. In last month’s issue, I promised to …

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 taken thousands of pictures of art from the cliffs and …

January 2012

Happy New Year! We shall usher in 2012 with one of the most important symbols of the Tibetan cultural world, the khyung or horned eagle. As you shall see, there is solid archaeological evidence supporting Bon textual accounts of the …

December 2011

The Flight of the Khyung begins anew as the end of the year approaches. As promised, this month’s issue is devoted to the intriguing rock art masks of Upper Tibet and to searching out their kith and kin across Inner …

October 2011

The latest in Tibetan archaeology
This month’s Flight of the Khyung returns to the International Conference on the Prehistory of the Tibetan Plateau, held between August 21 and August 24 in Chengdu, China. This issue is fully devoted to new archaeological …

September 2011

The big event in Chengdu, China
This month’s Flight of the Khyung buzzes in and out of Tibet to provide readers with news from a recent archaeological conference in Chengdu, Sichuan. The International Conference on the Prehistory of the Tibetan Plateau …

August 2011

Fifth anniversary issue of Flight of the Khyung
Welcome to fifth anniversary of this newsletter (2006–2011)! For the last five years it has offered readers like you highlights of the archaeology and cultural history of pre-Buddhist Upper Tibet, as well as …

July 2011

The Flight of the Khyung returns to the great lakes of the western Changthang to explore traces of ancient civilization uncovered in 1997 and 1998. As majestic and beautiful as these lakes are how can one resist returning? The years …

June 2011

This month’s Flight of the Khyung glides across a big swathe of the Tibetan Plateau in search of the past and the contemporary. We begin with ancient citadels and finish with a trek of 20 years ago, furnishing interesting but …

April 2011

This month’s Flight of the Khyung changes tack slightly to offer you ancient Tibetan writings on both paper and stone.  I think you will find the story about the origins of gold and beer delightful reading, not to mention its …

March 2011

Welcome to the new tibetarchaeology.com website! It has been expertly designed and created by my friend Sally Walkerman. I think you will find it a significant improvement over the old website. Now you can now actually sign up to have …

February 2011

Forward or backward in time and space, the Flight of the Khyung transcends conventional limitations to offer you the view beyond. Let not the chill of winter or the distractions of the moment thwart your move towards greater knowledge (and …

January 2011

A Happy New Year to all of you! The wintery landscape of the northern hemisphere is no barrier to the Flight of the Khyung delivering its payload of fascinating information about ancient Tibet. This month’s issue focuses on the hoary …

December 2010

Once again the Flight of the Khyung swoops down to earth, carrying with it the mysteries of ancient Tibet, and just in time for this holiday season! I have fascinating bits and pieces for you this month. Let us begin …

November 2010

Another month has elapsed but the Flight of the Khyung continues high and wide, for the journey to knowledge knows no end. There is more on the archaeology of Upper Tibet in this newsletter with further discoveries in store for …

October 2010

We embark on another flight with the great horned eagle across the very crown of Planet Earth. This month’s issue focuses on discoveries made on my recent Upper Tibetan Rock Art Expedition (UTRAE) and also on earlier campaigns. So without …

September 2010

Welcome onboard as this month’s Flight of the Khyung traces a path over both upper and central Tibet. This issue features a potpourri of monumental and artistic evidence, furnishing more insights into the cultural complexion of the ancient Tibetan Plateau. …

August 2010

Fourth anniversary issue
Welcome to the 49th issue of Flight of the Khyung! Very glad you can see it. This month’s offering comes out later than usual due to fieldwork in Tibet. I have just completed the Upper Tibetan Rock …

July 2010

This month’s Flight of Khyung takes in an enormous slice of time in the Tibetan hinterlands. Examining ancient artifacts, this issue once again brings the glories of Tibet to the forefront, the old meeting the new in dramatic and edifying …

June 2010

In the annual migration across the Great Himalayan divide, the Flight of the Khyung reaches the Tibetan Plateau. This month’s issue comes to you from Lhasa, the holy city of Buddhism in the center of Tibet. From the state of …

May 2010

This month’s Flight of the Khyung begins in Pemako, that region in southeastern Tibet famous for the great bend in the Brahmaputra river. Taken at random from my journals, this issue revisits a foray I made in the region in …

April 2010

This issue of Flight of the Khyung moves west beyond the legendary realm of Zhang Zhung to take a retrospective look at culture in the Hindu Kush mountains. Our focus is Indus Kohistan, a region of northern Pakistan that once …

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