Science: Journey to Afghanistan

Most of Afghanistan is now a sterile desert, but once it must have been green and productive. From coastal Baluchistan to the Russian border, the whole country is dotted with the ruins of ancient cultures, which spread deep into Soviet Turkestan. Back in the U.S. last week, after a ten-month trip through that ancient land, Anthropologist Walter A. Fairservis Jr. of Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History told about his second expedition in search of dead civilizations under the eaves of the Himalayas.

The first time he had gone to Dash-ti-Margo (Desert of Death)...

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