topDunhuang was an important center along the far
eastern reaches of the ancient Silk Road, where a major complex
of Buddhist caves was discovered earlier this century.
the arid climate of Dunhuang and its caves, manuscripts
were preserved here that would long ago have been destroyed by the
climate of India.
The three Chinese manuscripts of the Sanghata found at
Dunhuang were removed to London by the second
expedition of Aurel
Stein, who basically bribed the officials guarding the caves.