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Beneath a Barren Steppe, a Mongolian Surprise

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Science  22 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6028, pp. 416-417
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6028.416-a

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When archaeologists recently found a massive settlement in the remote Orkhon Valley in central Mongolia, they assumed it dated from the Mongols' heyday in the 13th century C.E. To their surprise, they discovered that this enormous site and a host of others nearby instead date from the 8th and 9th centuries C.E., the time of the Uigher empire, which was not known to have built large settlements in this remote area, researchers reported at the Society for American Archaeology meeting.