International Dunhuang Project

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The International Dunhuang Project (IDP) is an international collaborative effort to conserve, catalogue and digitize manuscripts, printed texts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and various other archaeological sites at the eastern end of the Silk Road. The project was established by the British Library in 1994,[1] and now includes twenty-two institutions in twelve countries. As of March 2016, the online IDP database comprised 137,812 catalogue entries and 483,721 images.[2] Most of the manuscripts in the IDP database are texts written in Chinese, but more than fifteen different scripts and languages are represented,[3] including Brahmi, Kharosthi, Khotanese, Sanskrit, Tangut, Tibetan, Tocharian and Old Uyghur.[2]


  1. Wang & Perkins 2008, p. 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 "IDP Statistics". International Dunhuang Project. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  3. "Silk Road treasures united on the web". BBC News. 11 November 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
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