Money on the Silk Road: The Evidence from Eastern Central Asia to C. AD 800
This book focuses on the money of Eastern Central Asia to c. AD 800, a period of over 900 years, across a vast geographical area with a very diverse population of different cultures and traditions. The only relevant historical accounts are those found in the Chinese dynastic histories, yet these contain few references to money in Eastern Central Asia. This study therefore depends almost entirely on the archaeological evidence for money found at sites in the region, in the form of coins and contemporary documentary evidence. The book is arranged in four parts. The first part presents the background to the study, the second the numismatic evidence, the third gives the evidence for money in the contemporary documents excavated at sites in Eastern Central Asia, and the concluding part brings together the data from the numismatic and documentary evidence to create a new framework for money in early Eastern Central Asia.
The numismatic evidence
The documentary evidence
Tocharian documents seventh century
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Acquisition/Archaeological BM Allegedly from Yotkan ancient appear Badruddin Khan base brought century China Chinese coin clipped close cloth coins found collection contracts corroded cutting damaged dated documents Domoko Dunhuang dynasty early Eastern Central Asia evidence example extra FAS Found finds Found in ruined Found on wind-eroded frag full size Gaochang gold grain ground near station hoard hole Identification Wt Diam illegible indicate inscription interest issued Kaiyuan tongbao known Kucha List loan Loulan misaligned mura Niya Notes Acqn context paid payments period pieces Probably from Yotkan purchased at Khotan Purchased at Yotkan qian Qianyuan zhongbao Rawak records Reference region remains route ruined shrine side silk silver coins Sino-Kharoshthi coin Cribb slips square Stein string stupa suggests Table Tang Tatis textiles tombs unidentified walled Western wood Wuzhu wuzhu coins Xinjiang Yotkan site Yurung-kash