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Three mummies, two adults and one child, were found by local herdsmen in Bayankhongar aimag (province), Mongolia. One was a woman, wearing three layers of deels, or cloaks, two of fine silk and the third of leather. According to this photo gallery, she lived in the 13-14th centuries.

The Beauty of Loulan and the Tattooed Mummies of the Tarim Basin Loulan was discovered in 1980, but it was 3800 years ago that she died on the trade route known as the Silk Road. The natural dryness and salty soil preserved her and over two hundred other mummies, individuals who had lived in several closely located settlements along the trade route.

Samarkand - the mysterious Silk Road city of the great, medieval Islamic warrior and empire builder, Timur (known in the West as Tamerlane). Due to its position mid-way along the Silk Road between China and Rome, Samarkand became one of the greatest cities in Central Asia. Early on, it was an ancient Persian city that the Greeks called Maracanda and later it was part of the Abbasid Empire (based in Iraq) before Timur, in 1370, decided to make Samarkand the capital of his vast empire