the "Turfan Expeditions" and the Berlin Collections

Non-textual materials as sources and objects of research: the "Turfan Expeditions" and the Berlin Collections

Project object

Members of the four "Turfan Expeditions“ (1902-1914) recorded and documented the archaeological sites along the northern silk road (in today’s Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region, PR China). The Turfan archives of the Expeditions comprise drawings and paintings, maps, all prepared in situ, and a comprehensive photographical documentation and other documents. The historical photographs showing archaeological sites, persons, scenes from daily life and objects, will – where possible – be supplemented with place- and personal names and descriptions of objects. The index of the Turfan files will be made accessible, too.

Project term


Project participant(s)

  • Museum für Asiatische Kunst der SPK 
    Ethnologisches Museum der SPK


Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)


Dr. Caren Dreyer
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB)

Dr. Aysima Miersulitan
East Asia - Southeastasia - Centralasia
Phone: + 49 30 266 436 105

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Museum für Asiatische Kunst (SMB), collection and research