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Tocharian refers to an Indo-European culture that inhabited the Tarim basin in what is now Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwestern People's Republic of China. The people who belonged to this culture are referred to as Tocharians.
The Tocharians spoke an Indo-European language sometimes referred to as Kuchean. There is evidence both from mummies and Chinese writings that many of them had blond or red hair and blue eyes. This suggests the possibility that they were part of an early Indo-European migration from Armenia that ended in what is now the northwestern P.R.C.
from idp.bl.uk/chapters/collections/german.html Germany holds collections from several expeditions to the area around the Turfan oasis on the northern Silk Road, known collectively as ‘the Turfan collection’.... The Turfan collection comprises over 30,000 fragments, manuscripts and blockprints written in at least 15 different languages and 25 different scripts, some previously unknown, including numerous Uighur Buddhist texts, some fragments of Christian-Nestorian literature in Syrian script, medical texts, astronomical texts and a group of economic documents. Manuscripts were also found in what is now known as Tocharian, a previously unknown language written in Brahmi script. Scholars can apply to view the materials.
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The Hungarian-born explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) fought rivals at the turn of the last century to be the first to uncover these long-lost civilisations. The evidence had lain buried for up to 2,000 years in tombs, tips and temples beneath the sands of the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts.
The British Library's Stein collection of Chinese, Tibetan and Tangut manuscripts, Prakrit wooden tablets, and documents in Khotanese, Uyghur, Sogdian and Eastern Turkic is the result of his travels through central Asia during the 1920s and 1930s. Stein discovered manuscripts in the previously lost Tocharian languages of the Tarim Basin at Marin and other oasis towns, and recorded numerous archaeological sites especially in Iran and Balochistan.
Stein's greatest discovery was made at the Mogao Caves also known as "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas", near Dunhuang. It was there that he discovered the Diamond Sutra, the world's oldest dated printed text, along with 40,000 other scrolls (all removed by gradually winning the confidence of the Buddhist caretaker).