Refer the map of #SilkRoute again. Do you see Takla Makan desert, North to Tibet ?
City of Kashgar at this desert separates the route in two parts - North & South.
See that Kucha town in the North route. Next tweets are related to Kucha. So, remember it.
It was 1890 CE. India was under the British rule.
Hamilton Bower is a British army officer. He is sent to Kucha (China) on a secret mission in search of a murderer.
He goes to Kucha and takes help of a local person to guide him. Local guide takes him to an old place.
Once the news and subsequent decipherment of this Bower MS is out in 1891, Russian Archaeological Society gets activated.
Russia sends Mr. Petrovsky to Kashgar (Refer the map in 2nd tweet) in 1892 where he collects few more MS.
Russian Archaeology Society publishes report.
French explorers were also not behind in the quest. MS on धम्मपद in गांधारी #Prakrit script was acquired by them near Khotan in 1892.
This Manuscript is dated to 1st or 2nd c. CE ... One of the earliest dated MS on Silk Route.