erikkwakkel:

Library hidden in a cave
Behold a unique repository of ancient manuscripts known as The Library Cave. It’s a hidden cache of 50,000 books and rolls that were deemed heretical. They date from c. 500 to the year 1002 and were hidden in the cave in the early eleventh century. The texts in the hidden cache have a strong Buddhist focus and are written on silk, paper and hemp. The books and rolls were placed in a walled-off area of a cave complex and they did not see the light of day for 900 years, until the entrance was discovered in 1900. How exciting it must have been to discover this treasure!
Pic: taken from this great website on the history of libraries. More about the Buddhist cave complex this cave is part of here. The artifacts are studied and catalogued by the Dunghuang Project.

erikkwakkel:

Library hidden in a cave

Behold a unique repository of ancient manuscripts known as The Library Cave. It’s a hidden cache of 50,000 books and rolls that were deemed heretical. They date from c. 500 to the year 1002 and were hidden in the cave in the early eleventh century. The texts in the hidden cache have a strong Buddhist focus and are written on silk, paper and hemp. The books and rolls were placed in a walled-off area of a cave complex and they did not see the light of day for 900 years, until the entrance was discovered in 1900. How exciting it must have been to discover this treasure!

Pic: taken from this great website on the history of libraries. More about the Buddhist cave complex this cave is part of here. The artifacts are studied and catalogued by the Dunghuang Project.