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The Nineteenth-Century Mapping of the Himalaya by the Pundits, Robert Stanley

The route mapping of the Himalayan region during the nineteenth century involved disguised Pundits engaged in clandestine survey of the remote and mostly inaccessible areas of Tibet. This essay examines the survey through two artefacts; the Tibetan prayer wheel and the route map of the expedition to Lhasa. This mapping as part of the larger trigonometric survey of India was perhaps one of the last great explorations that contributed to a knowledge bank that would protect British India but ultimately lead to the violation of this previously isolated area of the world.

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Friday, May 1, 2015
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